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Saturday, December 21, 2013

I love Lemon Pound Cake! Actually I love most things lemon or lime :)

Lemon Pound Cake.. The only thing better in my mind is Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. But, it has to have a great lemon flavor!

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The following recipe is for a great lemon pound cake that our family loves!

It is super simple to make, but you must use real butter, not margarine. (Besides, butter is truly better for you.)


Ingredients


1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Mix together 1 cup sugar and butter.
  2. Add eggs and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice; mix well.
  3. Add salt, flour, and baking powder to mixture.
  4. Add milk.
  5. Bake at 325°F in a well greased loaf pan for 1 hour,or until golden brown.
  6. Mix 1/3 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar.
  7. Use a toothpick to make holes in top of cake and drizzle lemon juice and sugar mixture over the top of the cake when removed from the oven.
  8. Serve warm or cool.

The next recipe is for  wonderful Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins



Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


2/3 cup granulated sugar
zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour cream
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter, melted until browned and cooled
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (for topping the batter before baking)

For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar whisked together with 2 or 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 12 mold, regular sized muffin tray with paper muffin liners, place the muffin pan on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, rub the granulated sugar with the lemon zest until the sugar is lightly colored and scented with lemon.  Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk (or sour cream) vanilla extract, melted butter and lemon juice.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together.  When almost thoroughly mixed, add the poppy seeds.  Divide batter between muffin cups.  Sprinkle each would be muffing with granulated sugar.
  4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops are golden and a skewer inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.  If you’re freezing the cupcakes for future eating, skip the glaze.  It doesn’t freeze well.