Pasting in from my LJ -- lovely cake!

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Mom made Sandtorte tonight and not only did I help but I finally remembered to get the recipe. This is probably the only one of Oma's recipes I hadn't gotten. So without further delay, the recipe for the bestest German poundcake (and coffee accompanier) ever!

Sandtorte

Makes one 10" ring-shaped poundcake
Total time under 2 hrs.

Ingredients

1 lb. unsalted sweet butter
2 cups sugar
10 large eggs (or 12 if they are smallish eggs)
1/2 lemon's worth of lemon OR 1 tsp. lemon juice
(optional lemon zest, 1/2 tsp.)
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. (min.) rum, almond flavoring, amaretto, anisette, vanilla, etc.

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven 325 F.
  2. Soften butter and cream with a mixer 'til all the lumps are gone, gone, gone.
  3. Add 2 cups sugar, continue blending with mixer.
  4. Add 10-12 eggs. 10 if they are regular large, more if they are undersized.
  5. Add lemon juice and/or zest.
  6. Slowly add about 3 cups flour, adding 1/2 cup at a time and making sure it's well-blended.
  7. Add the baking powder. (Tonight we forgot and it came out OK but for proper rising, add it!)
  8. Add liquid flavoring or liqueur to taste. Mom says start with 2 tbsp. to know there's enough and then add in, tasting 'til it meets your taste.
  9. Make sure mixture isn't too thick. Should not be thin but shouldn't be like dough either.
  10. Keep mixer going at least 10 min. more to get it very creamy and lump-free.
  11. Grease 2-piece angel food cake pan -- kind with removable base & pole.
  12. Pour batter into pan.
  13. Put in 325 F oven for 1 hr., then raise temp up to 350 for 15 min.
  14. Insert strand of spaghetti to test for done-ness. Should come out drive.
  15. Allow to cool a bit.
  16. Because it's a 2-piece pan, to take it out you just push up bottom and pole and there's the cake!

Recommended Serving

Sandtorte is meant to be eaten in thin slices, not big slabs. It should stick together well enough to do this or you've made it wrong or it's not baked enough.

Really good with coffee, esp. dunked.
These are supposed to be for lunchboxes! I prefer to think of them as my own version of lembas.



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Nothings actually foolproof, but this is the closest I've got to it. It makes a dense, moist, luscious alcoholic cake that's inclined to fall to bits. Marzipan and icing to hold it together is very useful. Do NOT feed to people who have long journeys to make! )
yakalskovich: (Brownies)
Chocolate nemesis -- totally deserves its name!

[livejournal.com profile] essayel pointed me to it,  at some stage last year. It killed the Nazgul and me ded on a Sunday, and it killed all my fellow slaves at the slavery ded on the Monday. It is dangerous, dangerous stuff...

ETA August 16th, 2010: I was considering to make this for my co-slaves at the slavery when I realised that it will be 10 years on Wednesday since I started slaving away there. Looking up the ingredients I'd need, I found that the link was dead. I found myself a new link to the recipe (which seems to have been invented in a café in London), and changed it here so I can refer to it again. My poor little network users deserve Nemesis for ten years of having me as their IT nemesis.

And I am dreadful. Really!

Did I mention the time when I pulled one bloke bodily from under the table because he was trying to re-connect is virus-ridden workstation for the sake of a stock market game he was losing for lack of internet? Or the time when I called out the Napsterer from the communcal lunch break and read him the riot act about using everybody's resources (a double ISDN line of whopping 126 Kbit/s for all fifty employees!) to download music for the fitness classes he ran as a second job/paying hobby? Or the editor whom I publicly put back on last name terms for being an utter jerk-ass who had installed and then de-installed sizeable software on his workstation, then complained about the aftereffects of the uninstall without ever deigning to tell me what had happened, instead inferring that the workstation had spontaneously malfunctioned and it was my problem to fix it (and not reinstall the computer utterly, as I usually did, because he had data on it despite the fact I kept telling them not to), and then watching me flail at it for days until I discovered a faint hint of that program which the uninstall had left behind. Number one and number two are long gone; number three is a mountaineering guide (another 'paying hobby' enterprise) who will hopefully eschew the chocolate in the name of 'fitness' and/or assume anything coming from me will have been poisoned so ingeniously as to affect only him. The rest of my colleagues does deserve something special for putting up with me for so long...

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