Pound Cake Sandwich
The ultimate dessert sandwich
A pound cake is a buttery white cake with a golden crust. Its name was derived from the measurement of ingredients traditionally used: one pound each of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs, according to British and American cookbooks dating back to the 1750s. As for the Pound Cake Sandwich, it was most likely invented by ingenious moms and grandmas looking for ways to use up leftover slices of cake. It is currently back in vogue thanks to celebrity chefs such as Gale Gand and Martha Stewart, who have offered their own sweet versions. This delightful snack is made by buttering and grilling two thick slabs of cake and sandwiching sweet ingredients, including whipped cream, fruity cream cheese, and melted chocolate.
Number of servings : 4 to 6 Sandwiches
Type of meal : | Desserts | Desserts
Special diet :
2 to 2-1⁄2 cups fresh ripe strawberries, thinly sliced*
1⁄4 cup sugar, or to taste
3 tablespoons orange juice
Zest of 1 small orange
1⁄4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
About 2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 pound cake, sliced thin
1 (8-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta or mascarpone
*Frozen strawberries can be substituted for fresh; just reduce the amount of orange juice since frozen berries will release more liquid.
- A few hours beforehand, prepare strawberries: In a glass bowl, combine all ingredients for macerated strawberries. Toss well. let rest at room temperature at least 2 hours.
- Butter both sides of cake slices. Place on a hot buttered griddle; cook 2 minutes per side, or until golden. Remove from heat. For each sandwich, spread 2 tablespoons ricotta on 1 slice of grilled cake, top with a spoonful of berries, and close sandwich. Serve warm.
Makes 4 to 6, depending on the thickness of the bread