I know, I know... when was the last time I posted? With a job change etc. my life has been too hectic to blog but not hectic enough that I would neglect the baking hobby I love so well. As usual, Josh's office has proven to be the best of guinea pigs and they eat all my creations dutifully. Sometimes it is nice to receive alocolades that are not work related. And who am I kidding, no one is ever praised in the workplace.
My latest triumph was found while searching for the perfect lemon cake to use up the poor neglected poppyseeds in my spice rack. I love poppyseeds but, apart from Mohn Kuchen - which I think only my German grandma has ever attempted, there is very little need for them. So it occurred to me that I would find a lemon cake and generously heap in the lovely little black darlings.
This cake is from the "Top Secret Recipes" website that I found while Google-ing away. The claim is that it tastes as good as Starbuck's version (apparently it is their version but I find that hard to believe. At any rate, I added some poppyseeds, and some lemon zest and axed the yellowish powedered sugar frosting - replacing it with a lemon syrup which soaked into the cake and made it the moist wonder that I knew it could be.
"Starbucks" Lemon Loaf
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, room temp
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup oil
zest of one lemon
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In a medium bowl, combine eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon juice with a mixer until blended.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Add oil, poppyseeds and zest and mix well.
Pour into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. (It took an hour in my oven). Remove from oven and pour glaze over it, then cool in pan on a rack.
1/4c. lemon juice
Simmer until reduced in half.