Monday, July 7, 2008

lemon poppy-seed cake

the goods:

3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
grated zest from 1 lemon, plus 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds; set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar on high until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; mix in vanilla and lemon zest. With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture in two parts and milk in one, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

In a small saucepan, bring lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar; set syrup aside.

Remove cake from oven. While cake is still in pan, poke several holes in top with a skewer. Reserving 2 tablespoons syrup, pour remainder over cake. Cool cake completely in pan, about 1 to 2 hours.

Turn cake out of pan; place, right side up, on a platter, and brush all over with reserved syrup. Slice and enjoy!


Chris & Jenni said...

Yummy. I have that one marked. I will probably never make it. I am such not the baker.

Tiffany said...

love the poppy seed bread.

The Nielsons said...

Wow that looks DELISH! Feel free to come on over with that stuff! Isabel keeps begging me to have you bake HER some stuff! Haha!