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This dessert is a delightful mixture that will keep you coming back for more.
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Chambord (optional)
confectioners' sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and the almond extract. Slowly add the dry ingredients, alternating with the sour cream. Beat until well moistened, then very carefully fold in the raspberries. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes on a rack to cool, then remove the pan and cool completely.
The Cream Filling: Beat the whipping cream and 1/3 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, cream the mascarpone cheese and remaining 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla and Chambord until creamy. Add the cheese mixture to the whipped cream mixture.
Trim the brown edges off the top and sides of the cake. With a serrated knife, slice the loaf lengthwise into 3 to 4 thin layers. Place one layer on a serving plate, top with some cheese filling, then another layer of cake and more filling, then repeat the next two layers, leaving a cake layer on top. Sift confectioners' sugar over the top layer. Cover and refrigerate.