Thursday, May 26, 2011

Citrus Almond Pound Cake

This could be the best citrus cake I ever had in my life. it is so good. I've been noticing that I say that in most of my posts, well the truth is that I baked or cooked stuff in the past that were not delicious and ended up in the garbage bag right after. I never right about those recipes because it would go like that:
" mix this with that, let it cook and then put it in the garbage because it tastes awful" !! so what kind of a recipe that would be !? the ones that I post here are the ones that I enjoyed and I think worth a try so yes they're sooo good :)
so now let's get down to baking, shall we:
12 tablespoons of butter, cubed, at room temperature
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7-ounce tube almond paste ( about 200g)
7 large eggs
4 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

First preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease  Bundt pan ( or any pan you like) and dust with flour.   
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  in another bowl beat almond paste and  2 cups sugar with electrical mixer until smooth. Add the butter and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the zest and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spread batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until tooth-stick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly. 
For making the citrus syrup, heat lemon juice, orange juice and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan on low and cook until the sugar dissolves.
Poke deep holes in the the cake and pour the syrup over top, letting it rest for 30 minutes in order to let the juices soak in. Remove from pan and serve at room temperature.
It's better to put it in the fridge for about an hour or so and then serve it. it has a sweet sour taste because of citrus and very soft texture.  you won't be disappointed :)

Till next time :)

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