This is a mash-up of Classic Pound Cake recipe from epicurious and one in The Joy of Cooking. They both called for cake flour, which I subbed out. A little laborious, but it makes a lovely dense, moist cake with a hint of citrus. Not too, too sweet, either.
1 cup AP flour
¼ teaspoon salt
5 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon each, lemon and orange zest
½ lb. butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
Butter a 9” x 5” loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Sift together the flours and salt and set aside.
In a medium bowl, preferably with a pouring lip, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and zests.
In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the butter until lightened in color and fluffy. With mixer running on low, gradually add in sugar, then raise speed and beat until very light, about 5 minutes total. Stop the mixer to scrape down the sides if necessary. Using the same technique, gradually beat in the egg mixture, dribbling in a tablespoon or so at a time and allowing it to be incorporated until it’s all in and the mixture is smooth. Beat in the flour mixture in thirds, using a spatula to give the final mix.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 – 75 minutes, or until the cake is well-risen, cracked on top and golden, and tester inserted into the center emerges dry.
Cool cake in pan for a few minutes, then unmold onto a rack and turn over right side up to cool completely.
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