It’s no secret that I’m totally obsessed with the Butter Baked Goods cookbook. It’s quite possibly the prettiest cookbook in my entire collection, a pink-and-pale-green confection packed full of old-fashioned baked treats.
In fact, one of my few regrets in life is that despite multiple trips to Vancouver over the last couple of years, I’ve yet to squeeze in a visit to the eponymous bakery that started it all. (What can I say? Pilgrims have Lourdes and Fatima and Santiago de Compostela… me, I have a list of bakeries I absolutely must try before I shuffle off this mortal coil.)
So when the lovely Jenny of Brunette Baker decided to mastermind a little blog party to celebrate all things Butter, the only question was whether I should say yes or all-caps it with a HELLS YEAH. (Ah, the life of a food blogger. So full of hard decisions.)
The only decision after that was which recipe I should bake up as my contribution, since I still have a few pages bookmarked that I haven’t yet tried.
That one was a little tougher, but this fun twist on the classic pound cake looked too good to pass up, especially once I scaled it down into adorable little single-serve loaves. It’s everything a good pound cake ought to be – dense and buttery and sweet – with the dark chocolate and nutty pistachio playing against each other perfectly. It’s rather pretty, too, what with those swirls of dark chocolatey brown and pale almost-green.
The only catch is that you need 2 tbsp of pistachio paste, which ranks somewhere between white truffles and pure gold flakes on the list of stupidly expensive things I don’t have in my pantry. However, I was able to whip up a small batch of homemade pistachio butter in my new Vitamix (which thankfully, is a stupidly expensive thing I do have in my pantry), which totally worked a treat.
I’m not going to share the recipe, mostly because I really think you should buy the book. (And if you happen to have a copy already, the recipe is on page 56. To make the mini loaves, simply prepare the two batters as directed, then drop them in alternating spoonfuls into two lightly-greased mini loaf pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the middle of a loaf comes out clean.)
And heck, just to make things a little more interesting, we’re going to hook up one lucky reader with a fun prize courtesy of the lovely Butter bosslady herself, Rosie Daykin. Keep reading below for more info!
Disclosure: While I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post, my copy of the Butter Baked Goods cookbook was originally provided by Random House for review purposes. All opinions, as always, are entirely my own.
- Up for grabs is one (1) autographed copy of the Butter Baked Goods cookbook and a delicious box of goodies from the bakery (approx value $125 CDN)
- Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada and USA who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in province, territory, or state in which they reside.
- The winner will be randomly selected once the giveaway closes on December 3, 2014 and contacted by email
- To enter, leave a comment about your favourite holiday treat, and then log your entry using this here handy-dandy Rafflecopter widget
For more Butter goodness, check out all the other posts my fellow bloggers are posting today:
Jenny from The Brunette Baker made Butter’s Classic White Cake and Coffee Buttercream Frosting
Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made the Butterscotch Walnut Bar
Heather, The Tasty Gardener, made a Raspberry Custard Pie
Libby of Libby Roach made Vunderbars
Robyn from Planet Byn made The Dream Slice
Brittany from My Daily Randomness made Marshmallows + Smores
Anna from Hidden Ponies made The Dunbar
Liliana from My Cookbook Addiction made Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake
Rhonda from Olive & Ruby made Twice a Week Morning Glory Muffins
Mardi from eat. live. travel. write. made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies
Kristy from She Eats made Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones
Sarah from (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean made Jackson Pollock Popcorn
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made Kitchen Sink Bark
Gwen from Devour & Conquer made Chocolate Honeycomb Brittle
Jan from Family Bites made Orange Pecan Biscotti