I made this last weekend for a gaming session/holiday celebration with some friends, where it was very well-received. I'm not entirely sure of the source of the recipe.
Pecan Sour Cream Pound Cake
Pecans are ground to a fine consistency, contributing to the dense texture of this rich, buttery cake. You may serve individual slices topped with sugared berries and lightly sweetened whipped cream.
1 1/4 cup finely ground pecans - divided use (see Cook's Note)
2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 300*F (150*C). Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt or tube pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup pecans on bottom of pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 1 cup pecans, flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until well mixed. With mixer at low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the sour cream to the creamed mixture just until fully incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes (use the toothpick test to check for sufficient baking). Cool for 15 minutes in pan on wire rack before removing. Cool completely on wire rack.
Cook's Note: Easily process the pecans in a food processor with short pulses at a time until the desired texture is reached. Adding a teaspoon or so of flour will help to keep nuts from sticking together.Posted by Jennifer at December 19, 2003 8:52 PM