A chocolate version of the classic southern cake, this simple chocolate pound cake is delicious served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and berries.
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When fellow blogger Culinary Adventures with Camilla asked if I’d like the opportunity to review a copy of Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking by Toni Tipton-Martin, I jumped at the chance.
Let’s talk about the book and author before the recipe. This cookbook is a little bit history and a lot of food. Good, Southern food, made by black cooks who showcased African American cooking. Each recipe has a history that goes along with it. Maybe it’s about how the recipe came to be, when it’s traditionally served or some other interesting tidbit.
While the recipes are delicious I find the stories compelling and interesting. At the beginning of each chapter, there are stories. Like the story of Nicodemus, Kansas, one of the nation’s last black towns. Find that where the sides and vegetables chapter begins. This is a cookbook rich with history and recipes that must be passed on.
I actually made a version of the pound cake recipe. My family had been asking for something chocolate so I substituted cocoa for the mace and lemon juice in the recipe as suggested by the author. Many recipes have side note boxes offering suggestions for substitutions, a new recipe or other information gem.
This pound cake starts in a cold oven. Put the pan in the oven, with a sheet pan on the rack below to catch any drips, set to 325°F and let it bake. Don’t open the oven. Why a cold oven? Well, I explain it in my post with my Mom’s Southwest Georgia Pound Cake recipe.
Other amazing, truly Southern recipes you’ll find in the cookbook include string beans a la Creole, spicy sautéed okra and tomatoes, oven baked ribs, jam cake, chicken and dumplings, collard greens with cornmeal dumplings, cornbread dressing. This is a cookbook that should be on everyone’s must have list.
This pound cake starts in a cold oven. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
This pound cake starts in a cold oven.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.