Chocolate Almond Poundcake

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) almond paste
  • 5 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate melted

For the Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter cut into half inch cubes and frozen

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler and let cool. Make sure your oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Prepare a 6 cup loaf pan with butter.
  2. Cream the butter and baking powder on low for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the sugar and cream until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides.
  3. Add the almond paste one Tablespoon at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  4. Add the eggs a little at a time mixing well in between additions. If the mixture begins to separate, add 1 Tablespoon of the measured flour. Add the flour in 3 batches mix on low until just combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Pour the melted chocolate over the surface and using a fork or a toothpick swirl the chocolate into the batter.
  6. In a food processor combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter and pulse until it is the consistency of coarse meal.
  7. Crumble the topping over the loaf pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. This cake keeps very well if wrapped well.

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