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Pound Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 1 hr, 50 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
Heart-healthy canola oil replaces a good bit of the butter traditionally used to make this dessert. Soaking a vanilla bean in the oil adds deep, rich flavor; you'll never miss the butter. 

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces cake flour (about 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • Baking spray with flour
  • Glaze:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 294
  • fat 12.6 g
  • satfat 4.7 g
  • monofat 5.3 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 3.2 g
  • carbohydrate 42.8 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 44 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 149 mg
  • calcium 60 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, combine oil and vanilla bean in a small skillet over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes or until mixture cools to room temperature. Scrape seeds from bean, and stir into oil; discard bean.

  3. Combine oil mixture, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

  4. Spoon batter into a 10-inch tube pan coated with baking spray, and spread evenly. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan.

  5. To prepare glaze, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat. Add next 3 ingredients (through vanilla), stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm cake.

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