I can’t stop baking. Be it a silent rebellion against January detoxing and dieting or a craving for winter comfort (snow or no snow, it is still January), the flurry of flour and sugar has not subsided in my kitchen since Christmas.
Luckily, I had a good excuse last week for orange chocolate chip pound cake. Visiting a friend with a new baby calls for something sweet and easy to serve. Influenced by all the fabulous citrus available, I used slightly tangy, warmly colored Cara Cara oranges for this cake and rich sour cream to ensure a moist, crumb-y cake. I’ve already mentioned how I love desserts that work well not only after a meal, but with coffee or breakfast and this would beat toast any day with my morning Joe.
Orange chocolate chip pound cake (slightly adapted from Food.com)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbsp. grated orange zest
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease the inside of a 9 x5 inch loaf pan and dust with flour. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
In another large bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar; cream with an electric mixer on med-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the sour cream; stir in the orange zest and vanilla. With the mixer on low, add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times as necessary.
After the last addition, mix for 30 seconds on medium speed; stir in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a pick comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up on a rack to cool completely.