Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lemon Pound Cake with Strawberries

Found this one here

For cake

•1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
•1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
•1 cup granulated sugar
•3 large eggs
•3/4 teaspoon vanilla
•2 tablespoons milk
•2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For glaze

•1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
•1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
•1/2 tablespoon heavy cream
For the Strawberries•Two cups strawberries (or more if you want them)
•1/4 cup sugar (I used a bit less than this)
•Splash of Cointreau or Grand Marnier (optional)
Before you make the cake (preferrable the day before): Combine the strawberries, sugar, and Cointreau and let sit in the fridge until the strawberries have released their juices (3 hours to overnight)

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a loaf pan and sprinkle with flour

2. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and zest. In another bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and beat in vanilla. Beat in half of flour mixture. Beat in milk and lemon juice and beat in remaining flour mixture until just combined.

3. Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top, and bake in middle of oven 45 to 55 minutes (If the top of the cake seems to be browning too fast tent it with some foil) until golden brown on top and a tester comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a rack 15 minutes and invert onto rack to cool completely.

4. In a small bowl whisk half of the confectioners's sugar, a little at a time, into lemon juice. Then whisk in the whipping cream and keep adding the powdered sugar until the glaze is smooth and thick.

When the cake has cooled completely drizzle it with the glaze and let it run down the sides. Serve with strawberries

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