Sunday, February 27, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

When I am looking for a new recipe I often feel like I am on a scavenger hunt.   I will first check my favourite cookbooks to see if what I am looking for (or something similar) is there.   If I don't find it, I will check online.  Google is my best friend for recipe searches!

Here's were things get a little bit off the beaten path...I will sometimes look up 10-20 different recipes for the same item...find what I like the best about each (or a few) and combine them into a new recipe. 
That's what happened this weekend while searching for a Lemon Cake recipe...Here is what we created--so yummy!

Lemon Pound Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp lemon juice
zest from 1 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk


1/3 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup (maybe more) icing sugar

Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and cream some more.  Add 2tbsp lemon juice and continue to cream.   In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, zest, baking powder.  Add alternately to creamed mixture with milk.  Mix well.
Pour into well buttered and floured loaf pan and bake at 325 for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 min.  

While loaf is cooling, mix lemon juice and icing sugar (you may need to add more icing sugar to make it thick enough, you want it to "ribbon" off the spoon)

When loaf is almost cook pour glaze over.  (If you like, you can "re-spoon" the glaze over the loaf a few times allowing it to create a thicker crust of glaze--that way it doesn't pool all at the bottom of the plate...)


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