M. Payard’s take on this cake benefits from a generous amount of butter.
A good loaf pan is essential to a well-stocked kitchen. We like the straight-sided metal ones as opposed to glass or Pyrex.
You can make this pound cake in advance. It’ll last in the refrigerator or freezes well wrapped tightly in plastic.
Beverage pairing: Pacific Rim Vin de Glacière Riesling, Washington. Unlike the versions from Germany or Ontario, this famous ice wine from Washington uses grapes frozen in a freezer, not on the vine. It’s not only affordable, but has many of the components that make a natural ice wine a great pairing for the dessert: Its big-time sweetness is balanced with sharp acidity, and its flavors run from citrus peel to ripe peaches to pineapples.