Sunday, July 20, 2008

Favorite Summer Dessert

One of my favorite desserts during the warmer months is a lemon pound cake. This delicious cake is easy to make and has incredible flavor. With 1/3C of lemon zest, you know there HAS to be great flavor!

The recipe is from "The Barefoot Contessa - Parties!" by Ina Garten. It makes two loaves.

1/2 pound of unsalted butter at room temp.
2 1/2 C granulated sugar
4 xtra large eggs at room temp.
1/3 C grated lemon zest
3 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 C buttermilk at room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two standard loaf pans.

Cream the butter and 2 cups of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon zest.

Sift together the dry ingredients. Combine 1/4 C of lemon juice, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add the buttermilk and dry ingredients alternately - beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Combine 1/2 C granulated sugar with 1/2 C lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves.

When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes then invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon the lemon syrup over the cakes. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

For the glaze, combine 2 C confectioner's sugar and 3 1/2 T of lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a wire whisk until smooth. pour over the top of the cakes and allow the glaze to drizzle down the sides.


Elaine said...

It looks beautiful and delicious!
Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am going to try making this one.

Andrew said...

Lemon desserts in the summer are divine! I can't get enough of citrus.

mike said...

So this is the infamous recipe. It looks delicious and is so nicely presented. Who were the lucky recipients?

Brent said...

This sounds wonderful. One of these days I'll have a greenhouse so I can grow my own lemons