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Summer is officially here and the heat is definitely on.

I love the colors of summer…

The flowers, the ocean, the playful mood that the extra shot of sunshine and vitamin D puts us in.

Hanging at the beach, barbeques, family gatherings and hearing all of the kids in the neighborhood playing outside…

and cold frosty things that melt in the summer heat before I can finish them.

And fresh lemons pulled straight off the tree.

Here is a rich and tart dessert that makes a great addition to an afternoon tea or a lovely end to a summer dinner.

Happy summertime!

Enjoy!

Pound-Cake-webFor the lemon curd, follow the recipe here and add 1 tablespoon of dried lavender blossoms along with the zest and follow the recipe as directed. Strain the mixture to remove the blossoms and then chill.


Classic Pound Cake with Lavender Lemon Curd
Recipe type: Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) butter, plus more for the pans
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more to dust the pans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and vanilla together.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, alternating with milk.
  6. Pour into greased and floured pans ( I used a jumbo muffin tin which makes 6 cakes and 3 mini loaf pans, but you could use 2 standard loaf pans too).
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes for the mini loaf tins and muffin size and 1-1¼ hour for the standard loaves or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
Notes
For lemon pound cake, add the juice of one lemon and zest of two lemons to the butter and sugar mixture and continue with recipe.

Lemon Glaze-
1¼ cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Mix everything together and drizzle over cooled cake.

Serve slices of pound cake topped with a spoonful of lemon curd and fresh berries and enjoy!

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