Rich and moist, with a delicious hazelnut chocolate ribbon, Nutella swirl pound cake is a perfectly decadent quick bread recipe.
This post, while new, is a throwback because the event that inspired the nutella pound cake happened a few weeks ago. I just never got around to posting with the seasonal recipes that needed to go up and pound cake is anything but seasonal. So enjoy my story, make the recipe, and please don’t ever forget the eggs.
I’m typing this in my dining room/office, pound cake newly in the oven, praying that the faint scent of smoke will soon be replaced by buttery chocolate hazelnut intoxication because I can’t take it anymore and it’s entirely my fault. You see, I accidentally almost started a fire in our house yesterday.
Yes… It was completely unintentional and started innocently enough. I put some eggs to boil on the stove while I started the laundry, called my mother, played with the baby, planned the day’s itinerary, edited a few photos quickly, etc. Somewhere in that list, I forgot about the eggs, and I took the dog on a walk. The weather was lovely, I was in a great mood thinking of how productive I was going to be and then I heard It. The distant yet persistent high-pitched beeps of a smoke detector.
Once the lack of visible smoke or a fire truck convinced me there wasn’t a fire in the neighborhood, I wondered which of my neighbors was home and cooking and not turning off their alarm. Then I reached my street and my heart sank because the sound was coming from my home. I raced to the front door as fast as I could while carrying the baby in the ergo and opened it to a face-full of smoke.
I parked the jogging stroller just outside the open front door, put the baby inside so she wouldn’t inhale too much smoke, attached the dog to the stroller for the same reason, and ran upstairs praying there were no flames and wondering what in the world I could have possibly left on.
The kitchen looked like a war zone with at least two exploded egg-grenades that had somehow launched, burnt and black, out of the pan and onto the counter top and the floor. I turned off the burner, filled the pot with water and raced around opening windows as fast as possible on all three floors of our townhouse mentally chastising myself for being so careless.
The alarms finally stopped and the smoke cleared enough I could bring Dolce and A inside. I strategically placed fans blowing air out open windows in the nursery and our living room and felt relieved nothing worse happened and that the smoke was clearing very quickly. Then I left with A for the day’s appointments and prayed there would be just enough breeze to clear the smoky smell, and for the most part, there was.
I’m so embarrassed about this. Mom brain is very real, but this situation could have been much worse. So please take this as a precautionary tale, and always set a timer or something – anything – to remind you that you have something on the stove when you are cooking while doing things around the house. Safety first, darlings.
I’m washing everything, and will be sectioning off portions of the carpet for deodorizing, but I need the smell to be gone now and somehow, I know Nutella swirl pound cake will make it all better.
I know, because pound cake is one of those comforting foods. It’s a sweet treat for a quiet moment, a perfect gift for neighbors, a make-ahead freezer-friendly treat you can pull out for last minute company. In fact, once we enjoy a bit of the cake, the rest will be sliced, wrapped and frozen for later.
Hopefully your week has been a little less exciting. I hope it’s *never* this “exciting”, but I do hope you’ll find a Nutella swirl pound cake coming out of your oven soon. Enjoy, darlings!