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Jun 4, 2012 07:55 AM

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe from Cook's Country/Cook's Illustrated?

I need to bake 3 cakes tonight and need to get my hands on the recipe so I can go shopping after work. I can't remember which of the 2 mags this recipe came from, but it had lemon zest in the cake itself and a lemon syrup bath and lemon glaze on top of that. It's probably one of the better pound cakes I've ever had.

Can someone please paraphrase the recipe for me? Thanks.

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    1. re: mels

      No, I don't believe it is. The one I'm making has a "3-step" process - bake, brush, glaze. But that gives me enough of an idea what I'll need to buy before I can dig up my copy of the recipe. Thanks.

    2. Here's a paraphrased version

      from Cook's Country-very slightly adapted

      2 sticks of unsalted butter (16 tablespoons)- softened, but still somewhat cool
      1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
      1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      1/2 teaspoon table salt
      1/4 cup sour cream
      2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice- recipe called for 1 1/2 T.
      1 tablespoon lemon zest- recipe called for 1 1/2 T.
      1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
      5 large eggs, at room temperature- beaten

      1/4 cup granulated sugar
      1/4 cup lemon juice

      1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
      1 tablespoon lemon juice

      1. To make cake: Adjust the oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with butter and dust with flour. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a small bowl.

      2. Toss lemon zest and sugar together in a large bowl. Add butter and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and light, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of bowl. Add in the eggs, in 3 additions, and beat well. Mixture will look curdled. With motor on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by the sour cream and lemon juice. Add another 1/3 of flour and mix well. Finish with the rest of the flour and mix, scraping the sides well. Mix until batter is smooth.

      3. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to release air bubbles. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bake 55 to 70 minutes. Mine baked about 70.

      4. For the Syrup: While the cake bakes, stir the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice together in a saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes, remove from heat and set aside.

      5. Cool the cake on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out on the rack. Brush the top and sides of the warm cake with the syrup and cool cake completely before glazing, about 2 hours. Use all the syrup.

      6. For the glaze: Whisk the sifted confectioners sugar and the 1 tablespoon of lemon juice together until smooth. Spread glaze over cake and let set 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

      NOTES: Like most cakes, this cake is more moist on the second day. According to CI, this cake will keep for 5 days, if wrapped tightly. It also freezes well. To freeze, apply the syrup, let cool, and wrap unglazed in two layers of plastic wrap. and freeze in a zip-lock bag for up to 1 month. I have not tried that. When ready to serve, defrost the wrapped cake at room temperature. Remove wrap and spread with the glaze.

      TO MAKE 2 CAKES: double all the ingredients EXCEPT the eggs; use 9 eggs instead of 10.

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      1. re: Logrus9

        Many thanks. The first batch is almost ready to come out of the oven.