Quatre-Quarts is a French cake that I love so much. Quatre-quarts means four quaters, because you need four ingredients for the dough and these 4 ingredients - eggs, flour, sugar and butter - are supposed to have the same weight.
The French Pound cake is so easy to prepare.
You can add dried fruits (raisins, cranberries...), orange zest or rum which changes the flavor of the cake.
This buttery French Pound Cake is so good with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. It's a great idea to make for a tea party :)
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- flour : same weight as the eggs
- sugar : same weight as the eggs
- salted butter : same weight as the eggs
- 1 pinch of salt (for the egg whites)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven at 325 degree F. (160 degree C.).
- Grease a cake mold.
- In a large bowl, mix very well the egg yolks and the sugar. Add the butter just melted, the vanilla, then the flour/ baking powder slowly.
- Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
- Blend the eggs into the mixture with a wooden spoon.
- Pour the dough in a buttered rectangular baking pan.
- Bake the cake in warm oven (325 degree F./160 degree C.) for 45 to 55 minutes, until it's golden on top, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then unmold the cake and let cool completely.