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Granny's Pound Cake with Dark Chocolate Sauce

From  Southern Living

Southern Living, FEBRUARY 2006
 Servings: 8






Pound Cake Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
cup shortening
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Powdered sugar


Dark Chocolate Ingredients:

8 ounces premium dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
 cup half-and-half
 cup fat-free half-and-half
 Angel food cake squares
 Fresh whole strawberries (optional)
 Fresh banana slices (optional)

Cooking Method

Cooking Method for Pound Cake:


Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually add 3 cups granulated sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition just until the yellow disappears.

Stir together flour and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.  Beat in vanilla just until blended.  Pour batter into a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan. 


Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.  Dust cake evenly with powdered sugar.


Cooking Method for Dark Chocolate Sauce:


Place chocolate in a medium bowl.


Cook half-and-half and fat-free half-and-half in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat until mixture steams and bubbles form around edges. Remove from heat. Pour hot half-and-half mixture over chocolate, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Serve immediately with cake squares, strawberries, and banana slices, if desired.


Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate.

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