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Lemon Pound Cake


One of my favorite baking cookbooks is The Secrets of Baking by award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard.


This makes TWO 9x5x3" loaves:

1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. cake flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 c. buttermilk
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temp
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. finely grated lemon zest
4 large eggs

Lemon Syrup:
1/2 c. + 1 T. lemon juice
3/4 c. sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare two 9x5x3" loaf pans by spraying pans with cooking spray, then lining the length of the pans with a strip of parchment paper, and spraying the parchment.

Triple sift the flours, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

Combine the buttermilk and lemon juice and set aside.

Beat butter on high speed for 1 minute until soft and creamy. Slowly add sugar and lemon zest, and beat on high for 10 minutes, until white, light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating each thoroughly.

Add 1/3 of the sifted dry ingredients, and mix on low speed. Add 1/3 of buttermilk mixture and beat until incorporated. Repeat with remaining 2/3 in two additions.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour-1 hour 20 minutes until golden, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool on rack 5-10 minutes.

Make syrup by boiling lemon juice and sugar for about 2-3 minutes, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Poke holes in cakes with a skewer, and using a pastry brush, brush on 2-3 coats of syrup over warm cake.

Remove cakes from pans when cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve alone, or topped with lemon curd, lemon pudding, or berries.


Comments (2)

Barb Cabot:

Next to chocolate I LOVE lemony things. This looks wonderful. Going to try it.


What Barb said! In fact, I think I love lemony things MORE than chocolate!

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