This easy marbled pound cake (known in Romania as Chec cu Cacao Marmorat) is one of the most popular sweet breads you will find around, something that almost everyone knows how to make.
It is so popular that everyone has one or more versions of their “tried and true” recipe folder and they love to make it all year round.
It is used as a simple dessert after Sunday meals in the family, almost always served with the traditional Turkish Coffee.
The quantities on this recipe are for two loaves, so if you prefer, you can freeze one for later. It is a great bread for potlucks, great for your kid to take to school in his lunch box, great for when you have company for coffee and many other occasions when you just need something to calm down your sweet tooth.
Here you can find another option of sweet bread-Blueberry Orange Bread With Walnuts:
or this Low Sugar Bread with Dried Fruits and Nuts– one of the best!
Did I mention that this recipe is also great for picnics and trips? The bread can be sliced and wrapped in individual little bags if you travel by car, train or even plane.
Much better than the small snack bags you receive in the plane, right?
You can add walnuts, pecans or other nuts you like, you can come up with different flavors, like lemon, rum, or almond.
The options are endless, you just have to find your favorite combination.
It is a classic Romanian bread that I grew up with and I like to make it quite often. When my mind goes blank and I lack ideas, I go for this sweet bread.
For me, it feels like the perfect comfort bread, something like Americans have for the banana bread.
The secret to obtain a fluffy, delicious sweet bread stays in the egg whites. The egg whites are beaten until stiff and very gently folded into the batter.
The bread will rise only because of the air that we incorporated into the egg whites.
It might sound odd, but in the past, people did not have baking powder or baking soda available all the time, so a lot of the work was done by the strong arms of the baker who would beat the heck out of these egg whites to obtain a fluffy final product.
Now we have electric mixers that can do the same thing for us. Definitely life got easier, right?
Enjoy and let me know if you liked it! And if you did, maybe you want to take a look at this Sour Cherries Sweet Cornbread too. It is also very delicious and very Romanian.
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- 1¾ cups(350g) granulated sugar
- 6 eggs separated
- 11 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 7 tablespoons cold water
- 1 tablespoons baking powder
- 2¾ cups (350g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoons vanilla
- 1 lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350F and grease two loaf pans with butter or oil.
Separate egg whites from yolks.
With an electrical mixer, beat the yolks with the oil added slowly, spoon by spoon. You want to build up the mixture, like a mayonnaise.
Add the cold water, spoon by spoon. Keep mixing.
Sift the flour and baking powder together.
Add the egg yolks and oil mixture to the flour and mix slowly.
Incorporate vanilla and lemon zest to the mixture. Set aside.
Separately, beat the egg whites with sugar until stiff.
Fold the egg whites slowly into the flour mixture.Fold only until you see that the flour was incorporated. It is OK to still see some egg whites in the mixture.
Split the batter in two parts.
Use one part to mix it with the cocoa powder. Set aside.
Pour the other half of the batter into the two loaf pans making sure there is equal amount of batter in each of the pans.
Add the cocoa batter to each pan.
Grab a fork or a spoon and swirl your cocoa batter to create patterns in the other batter.
Bake at 350F for 30-45 mins or until the toothpick comes clean and the loaves are golden brown on top.
Carefully remove them from the pans and place them on a rack to cool.
Slice the bread with a serrated knife and serve at room temperature.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 129 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 79mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 3g