Monday, December 26, 2011

WHAT DID YOU COOK/BAKE FOR CHRISTMAS?



I was happy to stay home Christmas Day and spend it in my kitchen!  First off, I baked my Lovely Lemon Pound Cake:


I have one of those Emeril Lagasse Enamel Dutch Oven's.  I love it and it works so well for Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon from "Mastering The Art of French Cooking":











I also made a Creamy Fruit Salad.  I took it out of the mold too early though and it fell - no photos to show that one!  But did it get eaten?  Of course!  Really, the Congealed Salad should have been made first - not last!  We had sat around in our pajamas and time flies when you do that - right!




Pound cakes are wonderful at satisfying the sweet tooth and get better each day after they are made!

You will need these ingredients which you probably already have on hand:  2 sticks of butter at room temperature, 3 cups of sugar, 5 eggs, 3 cups sifted flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 cup of milk, 3 Tb lemon extract (yes this is correct) 

 For the icing you will need 1 cup powdered sugar, 5 Tb lemon juice and the zest of 2 lemons



Grease with Crisco and flour a bundt cake pan! 
#1 In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar with a mixer adding the eggs and continuing to beat and now adding the milk
#2 In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and lemon extract
#3 Combine the second ingredients to the first mixing well
#4 Pour the batters in the prepared bundt pan
#5 put in the middle of a cold oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.  Anotherwords -turn the oven on when you put the cake in it!  Last time I baked this cake I preheated - but really - it is better to put it in without doing that!  You will cover the top with loose foil after 1 hour to protect the cake from over browning!

A LOVELY GLAZE:  Combine the powdered sugar and the
lemon juice stirring together and put 1/2 of the zest in the bowl and reserved the rest to sprinkle on top of the cake.  If the mix is too thick - add a little more lemon juice


7 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Your lemon cake looks wonderful. I have a lemon pound cake recipe I make once in a while too. I use a tube pan though and it looks nicer in a bundt pan as yours does.
Have a wonderful Christmas week, my friend, and may the blessings from our Father's hand fill your heart and home in the coming New Year.

Betty Lou said...

This sounds so yummy, I love the taste of sweet/tart lemon cake. Think I will try it next time I have quilt bee at my house. Thank you for sharing such a special recipe.

Marilyn said...

I'd love to try this cake as lemon is so refreshing. Now on to 2012, may it be a happy, healthy and safe one for you and your family.♥♫

Mrs. O. said...

Hello and Merry Christmas! I made Easy Gingerbread Bars from http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1068/easy-gingerbread-bars . Everyone loved them, even unadorned (no sugar on top).

I love your blog and hope to purchase a tea set for my almost-4yo daughter.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
Looks like a comfort meal to me, sweet and savory.
Judith

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
hope you had a Merry Christmas. Your cake looks lovely and the table, too. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.
Best greetings, Johanna

Carol said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your recipes look delicious! It is amazing how much better food tastes out of those pots. I so enjoy cooking in mine.

I cooked sweet potato casserole, Clouds (a pudding, pineapple cold salad), green beans and a bunch of candy/cookies to take to my brothers for our family get-together Christmas Day. The meal was delish.

I'm glad that you helped out Santa with your tea! Your teapots are so pretty and fun. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

Happy New Year! I hope that you have a blessed 2012.
Love, Carol B.