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Multipurpose recipes are welcome during the holidays, so we partnered with Wolf Gourmet to share—and show!—you how to make pound cake for breakfast and then serve it for dessert, too.
If you're like me while sketching up plans for big holiday meals, you generally get swept up in the romance of it all—you're going to go above and beyond this year, the hors d'oeuvres will look just right, the main course terrifically plated, the dessert unique but not too far afield. It's a regular symptom of blacking out after the stress of hosting and diving right back in when the chance presents itself again. There's no shame—own it.
I often put all my might into the savory portions of the menu, but that just so happens to be because I don't have a significant sweet tooth. So, when it comes to planning a dessert, I like to choose something that isn't a heavy lift, perhaps with a component or two I've made ahead of time that can easily be served at room temperature or chilled, like pound cake with ice cream and sauce.
But what's even better? If what I've made can be considered a two-fer, one to eat for breakfast on the day of (energy for the party ahead) or the day after (when I'm moving slowly)—say that same pound cake toasted and paired up with something more morning-worthy, like cozy compote that's as easy as a few stirs in the saucepan. And overnight guests will think it's ingenious at the breakfast table, or so I'll tell myself.
- 3 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 cup (100 grams) sifted (before measuring) cake flour (see note above)
- 50 grams kamut flour, corn flour (or a combo of kamut and corn), spelt flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, buckwheat flour, or other flour (volumes vary depending on the flour)
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) sugar
- 3/4 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 13 tablespoons (184 grams) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup salted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 2-3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, plus a little of the really good balsamic vinegar, if you're feeling generous
- Flaky sea salt, for topping