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Double Vanilla Hazelnut Pound Cake


Courtesy of Janet Johnson

Janet has a touching story about this pound cake which is a little too long to share here in its entirety. Briefly, she has a friend who was born in Austria whose father worked for the railroads. Each day he walked 12 miles, inspecting the condition of the rails. While he walked, he gathered the wild hazelnuts growing alongside the tracks, and brought them home as a treat to his family.

When her friend returned home to celebrate her father’s 80th birthday, Janet sent a hazelnut pound cake with her friend as a family gift. It traveled very well, and has since become a tradition in her friends’ family to expect a hazelnut cake each time she visits. Given that the Austrians are famous for their desserts, this is a serious testimonial regarding the integrity of this cake.

*Note – For the picture above we used mini loaf pans making this a perfect gift for holiday gifts and favors

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Patricia Rain

is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (www.vanillaqueen.com), a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.
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Comments (2)

  • Terri W


    I think your vanilla powder is excellent. I’m going to order the vanilla extract.
    Regarding the Vanilla Hazelnut Pound Cake, what changes need to be made for the mini loaves? Thank you.


    • Patricia Rain


      I’m so happy you like our vanilla products. Thank you! The only change that needs to be made when switching from a big loaf to mini-loaves is the baking time. As pan sizes vary, my suggestion is to check the mini-loaves after 20 minutes and then check every ten minutes after until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Enjoy them; they’re delicious!


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