Sick of winter? Tired of cold and ice? Ready to pack away your coats and sweaters?
This cake won't move the calendar, but it will definitely bring thoughts of summer to you. Lemony and refreshing, moist and buttery. Close your eyes while you eat it and dream of green grass, warm sun, and bringing this cake to a cookout.
Lemon Pound Cake
adapted from Cook's Illustrated
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, plus more for greasing the pan
1 1/2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting the pan
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9"x5" loaf pan with butter and dust with flour.
In medium bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder and salt.
Melt butter in microwave or in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to reincorporate any milk solids.
Put sugar and lemon zest in food processor and process in five 1-second pulses. Add lemon juice, eggs, vanilla and process 5 seconds or until combined.
With machine running, pour butter through food tube in a steady stream until combined. Pour mixture into a large bowl.
In three intervals, sift dry ingredients over egg mixture, gently whisking after each addition just until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and tester inserted in center comes out clean. Set pan on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
While cake is cooling in the pan, make the glaze: Heat sugar and lemon juice in small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes.
Turn out cake from pan onto wire rack set in a sheet pan (to catch drips). Use a toothpick to gently poke holes all over the surfaces of the top, sides, and bottom of cake. Carefully turn cake upside down and brush with 1/3 of the glaze. Turn cake right side up and brush remaining glaze on all sides and top of cake. Let cool completely before slicing.