Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! We spent Christmas with family, friends, and our new puppy. She's become a fast member of the family and received many treats for Christmas. We hosted a Christmas Eve Open House on Saturday, lighting both fireplaces and serving many wonderful appetizers, soups, and desserts. One of the desserts was this cake. I slightly adapted it to use up the rest of my white chocolate chips and buttermilk. Enjoy!

White Chocolate Buttermilk Cake
adapted from
Oven 375

Butter Crumb topping:
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup cold butter, cut into chunks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1¼ cup plain flour
¼ cup cake flour
1 stick butter
¾ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1½ eggs
1½ tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup white chocolate chips, for sprinkling on top of the cake
Powdered sugar, for sifting on top of the cake

 Lightly grease a 9×4 inch loaf pan, and line the inside of the pan with parchment paper or foil, and then great it as well.
Thoroughly mix the flour and sugar in a large bowl. Drop in chunks of butter, using a table knife, cut the butter into the flour until it reduces to the size of large pearls. Sprinkle vanilla extract over, working with fingertips, knead the mixture together until moist, clumpy lumps are formed.
Sift the all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder and baking soda. Then toss the white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of the sifted mixture in a small bowl.

Cream the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer for about 3 minutes.

Add in the sugar in 3 additions, beating for 1 minute after each portion is added. Add in egg and beat for 45 seconds.Mix in the vanilla extract.  Alternately add in the sifted mixture in 3 additions with the buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the sifted mixture. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure even mixing.
Stir in white chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the baking pan, and spread evenly, smooth the top with rubber spatula.
Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly on the cake batter, make sure that the whole surface is covered.
Bake the cake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake turns out clean. The baked cake should pull away slightly from the sides of the pan.

Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the white chocolate chips evenly on top of the baked cake immediately.
Let the cake cool completely. Use the parchment or foil to lift the cake out of the pan, then sift some powered sugar on top of the cake. Serve.

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