Brown Butter Pound Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

Brown Butter Pound Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote

  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Servings: 8

Brown butter has the flavour and aroma of toasted hazelnuts, with a fuller, deeper flavour and colour than plain butter. Here, it enriches a plush pound cake with a nuttiness that is complemented by a springtime compote.


For the pound cake:

  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) (8 oz./250 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz./155 g) cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (8 oz./250 g) plus 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the compote:

  • 4 Tbs. (2 fl. oz./60 ml) fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup (3 oz./90 g) sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 oz. (250 g) rhubarb, cut into 1/4-inch (6-mm) slices
  • 2 pints (1 lb./500 g) strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 tsp. arrowroot or cornstarch


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the all-purpose and semolina flours, salt and olive oil. Beat on low speed just until combined, about 30 seconds.
  • In a small pitcher or other pourable container, whisk together the eggs and water. With the mixer on low speed, slowly drizzle in the egg mixture and beat until the flour has been absorbed into the egg mixture, about 2 minutes.
  • Stop the mixer and, using your hands, squeeze a small amount of dough into a ball. It should be moist enough to hold together but not sticky; if it is too dry, add more water, 1 tsp. at a time.
  • Transfer the dough to a work surface and shape into 2 balls. Wrap separately with plastic wrap, then flatten each ball into a disk. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • Attach the pasta roller to the electric mixer according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Unwrap 1 dough disk and dust lightly with all-purpose flour. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick and no wider than the pasta roller. Roll the dough through the rollers once at the widest setting, then lay the pasta on the work surface and fold it into thirds. Repeat the process 2 more times, rolling out the dough, rolling it through the rollers at the widest setting, and folding it into thirds each time.
  • Now thin the dough by rolling it through the rollers at the second-to-widest setting. Repeat, setting the rollers one notch narrower each time, until the desired thinness is reached. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and roll out the other dough disk.
  • Attach a pasta cutter to the mixer according to the manufacturer's instructions and cut the pasta into the desired shape. If not cooking the pasta immediately, transfer it to a baking sheet and dust lightly with flour to prevent sticking. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Makes about 1 lb. dough.
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