Pumpkin Pound Cake
During the cold winter days, I find myself making more of the comforting coffee cakes and less of the fancy cream versions which takes much more time and effort, the pumpkin pound cake is a very good option of this genre of cakes, delicious and easy, what else can you ask of your coffee cake?
Winter season produces very good pumpkins, you can find them in many forms and shapes, some are very sweet and some are less, but what makes this cake very successful is the natural pumpkin texture which is soft but you will still notice the pumpkin when taking a bite.
There are many forms of making this cake, most significant decision is how to make the pumpkin part, in some cases the pumpkin is not cooked at all, its softening is done only during baking time, in other recipes you can see that the pumpkin is fully cooked, mashed and later on added to the cake batter.
Here, I would like to take the middle road where the pumpkin is only half way cooked. I do believe that boiling the pumpkin extracts good flavors out of it, however using it as a mash will make it disappear in the blend, halfway cooking the pumpkin produced a good smooth bite but you could still feel the pumpkin stringy texture.
There are many variations for this cake, you can add walnuts, raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate, and basically any fruit in season.