Rice Flour Poundcake
Rice flour makes this poundcake melt-in-your-mouth tender, and gives it a mild and delicate flavor that’s spiced with a touch of black pepper. It keeps well, so feel free to bake it a day or two ahead of serving, or eat any leftovers for breakfast. This recipe was created by Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit bakery in Brooklyn, who prefers Japanese rice flour for its consistently fine particle size, but any white rice flour will work. (Note: If you don't have an 8-inch loaf pan, you can use a 9-inch pan but the baking time will be about 5 to 10 minutes shorter, and the loaf will be flatter in appearance.)
- Serves: 1 person
- 4tablespoons/55 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing
- 4tablespoons/60 milliliters coconut oil
- 1 ½cups/200 grams white rice flour (not sweet rice flour)
- ¼teaspoon baking powder
- ¼teaspoon baking soda
- ¼teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
- 1cup plus 1 tablespoon/225 grams granulated sugar
- 2large eggs, at room temperature
- ⅓cup/80 milliliters sour cream
- ⅔cup/160 milliliters unsweetened coconut milk
- 1teaspoon mezcal or tequila, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Step 1Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan. Melt coconut oil in small saucepan over low heat. Bring oil back to room temperature before baking. In a medium mixing bowl, combine rice flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper, if using.
Step 2Using an electric mixer, whisk together coconut oil, butter and sugar at high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. With the motor still running, add eggs and combine until creamed and very fluffy. Reduce to low speed and whisk in a third of the flour mixture. Once combined, add sour cream. Whisk in another third of the dry ingredients, then half of the coconut milk. Add the remaining flour mixture. At a medium speed, whisk in the rest of the coconut milk, and mezcal, until smooth and completely combined.
Step 3Scrape batter into pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Bake until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 to 55 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn on a wire rack to cool completely.