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Della Robbia Pound Cake

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Category: Desserts, Cakes, Holiday

 Ingredients List

  • ------------------------------------CAKE------------------------------------
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 c Sugar
  • 3 lg Eggs
  • 2 ts Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 ts Finely grated peeled
  • -fresh gingerroot
  • 1 c Unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 ts Baking powder
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 2 tb Rum (opt.)


2 c Cranberry-juice cocktail
1 c Sugar
1/2 c Port or red wine
1 Lemon, quartered
2 Drops red food coloring
2 sm Firm Anjou pears
1 c Water
10 Thin strips orange peel
1/4 c Apple jelly
1/2 c Champagne grapes, preferably
-in clusters (if not
-available, substitute small
-red seedless grapes)

1. Prepare Cake, Heat oven to 325'F. Grease and flour a 10-inch ring mold
or tube pan. In large bowl, with electric mixer at medium speed, beat
butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and gingerroot until well

2. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer at low
speed, beat flour mixture into butter mixture just until combined. Spread
batter evenly in prepared pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cake
tester inserted in center comes out clean. (Meanwhile, begin step 3.) Cool
cake in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; invert the pan onto wire rack and
unmold the cake. Sprinkle rum over cake, if desired, and cool completely.

3. Prepare Fruit Garland: In 3-quart saucepan, combine cranberry juice, 1/2
C sugar, the port, 2 lemon quarters, and the food coloring, if desired.
Heat to boiling over low heat; simmer, stirring occasionally while you
prepare fruit. Peel one pear and cut in half vertically; remove core from
both halves. Place one pear half in simmering juice mixture. After 5
minutes cut remaining pear half in wedges about 1/4-inch thick and add to
juice mixture. Simmer 2 minutes longer or until wedges are barely tender.
Remove from heat and let pear half and wedges stand in juice mixture 1 hour
or until they are rosecolored.

4. In small saucepan, combine water, remaining 1/2 C sugar, and 2 lemon
quarters; heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Avoiding the core, cut
remaining pear, unpeeled, into 1/4-inch-thick wedges. Drop wedges in
simmering sugar mixture and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until just tender;
remove with slotted spoon to drain on paper towels and set aside.

5. Heat sugar mixture to boiling over high heat; cook until mixture reduces
to a heavy syrup about 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add orange-peel
strips; cook until soft-about 5 minutes. With fork, remove strips to small
dish and set aside to cool completely.

6. To decorate cake, drain rose-colored pear half and wedges on paper
towel; cut the pear half into 1/4-inch-thick wedges for slices that are
white inside with a thin rose-colored band around edge. In small bowl in
microwave or small saucepan over low heat, melt apple jelly. Brush top of
cake with some jelly; arrange all 3 kinds of pear slices in a leaf-like
garland on top of cake. Brush slices with remaining apple jelly. Arrange
small clusters of grapes among pear slices and scatter candied orange-peel
strips over top. Serve or cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate
until serving.

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