Lemon Pound Cake

From Cook's Country. Can freeze unglazed for up to 1 month. Defrost in wrapping at room temperature, then glaze.

Has Kim tried this? No

Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter, soft by still cool

1 3/4 c flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 c sour cream

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest

1 c plus 2 tbsp sugar

5 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten

Syrup

1/4 c granulated sugar

1/4 c lemon juice

Glaze

1/2 c confectioner's sugar, sifted

1 tbsp lemon juice

1. For the cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9×5 inch loaf pan with butter; dust pan with flour, then tap out excess. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into bowl. Stir sour cream and lemon juice together in second bowl.

2. Using fingers, toss lemon zest and sugar together in large bowl until clumps are gone. Add butter and beat with electric mixer at medium-high speed until smooth and light, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add beaten eggs in three additions, mixing until smooth and scraping down bowl after each addition. With mixer on low, add one-third of flour mixture, followed by half of sour cream mixture, stopping as necessary to scrape down bowl. Repeat, ending with flour mixture. Scrape down bowl, then mix on low until smooth, about 30 seconds. Use rubber spatula to give batter final stir.

3. Pour batter into pan and smooth top. Gently tap pan on counter to release air bubbles. Bake until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs attached, 55 to 70 minutes.

4. For the syrup: While cake bakes, stir sugar and lemon juice together in saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 2 minutes, remove from heat, and set aside.

5. Cool cake in pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack. Brush top and sides of still-warm cake with syrup and cool completely, about 2 hours.

6. For the glaze: Whisk confectioner's sugar and lemon juice in bowl until smooth. Spread glaze over cake, allowing some to drip down sides. Let glaze set for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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