Saturday, June 21, 2008

ONE ... WITH GOD AND NATURE ~ LEMON BLUEBERRY POUND CAKE


"Then followed that beautiful season...
Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

LEMON BLUEBERRY POUND CAKE

~ A keeper from Gourmet (July 1990)

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CAKE:

1/3 cup milk

6 large eggs

1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla

2 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp. double-acting baking powder

1 1/4 tsp. salt

3 sticks (1 /2 cups) soft unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup freshly grated lemon zest

3 hefty cups blueberries, tossed with 1 1/2 Tbsp. flour

SYRUP:

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • CAKE: In a small bowl whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In large bowl with an electric mixer cream butter with granulated sugar, brown sugar and zest until mixture is light and fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately with egg mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture and beating batter after each addition until just combined. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries. Spoon 1/3 of batter int a greased and floured 10-inch (3 quart) bundt pan, spreading it evenly . Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the remaining blueberries over it. Spoon remaining batter into the pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle remaining blueberries over it and bake cake in the middle of a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden and a tester comes out clean. Remove cake from oven, poke top immediately all over with a wooden skewer and brush with 1/2 the syrup. Let cake cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes, invert onto rack, and poke all over with skewer. Brush cake with remaining syrup.
  • SYRUP: In small saucepan combine lemon juice and sugar. Bring mixture to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat.



12 comments:

Meems said...

Hi Joey: God... and nature... you just can't separate them and we belong with them!

Love the hostas and the purple... actually all your photos are always a wonderful feast for the eyes. Have a great weekend.
Meems @Hoe&Shovel

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, that sounds so good! I'm alone tonight. Just had scrambled egg beaters and turkey bacon. Not too inspiring, is it?
Brenda

beckie said...

Joey, I love all your garden ornaments. You must be a frog person. Your hostas are really looking great and the oak leaf hydrangea is beautiful as are your lilies!

joey said...

Wishing you a beautiful weekend also, Meems. Always a delight to hear from you. God is good giving us this great earth to tend and fun friends to share the joy with. Your garden is always a delight to visit, craving color in colder months especially. Now, the once quiet earth shouts joy!

Brenda ... always fun hearing you share your daily life. Scrambled egg beaters and turkey bacon were a good choice. I hate to tell you how 'unhealthy' I dined tonight. But I did not cook and we ate at the beautiful inn at the lake. Sometimes it's fun to simply enjoy the moment. Tomorrow morning back to the basics until all come here to the lake house for dinner!

I love a touch of whimsy, Beckie. My garden speaks my soul ... painting with plants, as with a good novel, needs comic relief. Intriguing hostas rule instead of annuals and I love hydrangeas ... the Oak Leaf is a must! And yes, I love frogs :)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ooooh... Joey, I LOVE the geranium mingling in with the hosta! You usually show tight shots of individual plants, so it's a treat to get a glimpse of this pretty vignette as well. :)

Lemon blueberry cake sounds delicious. I wonder if ever I will have the discipline to save some blueberries for recipes like t his instead of eating them all out of hand? lol.

Amy said...

Once I'm able to cook I MUST try your recipe. I've been dreaming of a good lemon cake, but adding blueberries to the mix would be wonderful.

Memories in the Baking said...

That Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake sounds delicious. And your garden is an absolute feast for the eyes.

Jane Marie said...

Your collage of garden decorations is wonderful. Some are quite unique. Could we seem them in their settings sometime soon? I'd love to take a peak.
Lemons and Blueberries, perfect combination.

Rose said...

Yum, this is a recipe I'm going to have to print out.
I love all your garden ornaments; lots of whimsy here.

Catherine said...

Joey, ~Your post are a feast for the soul...another beautiful quote, & more beautiful collages~ I love all of your adorable garden ornaments! My day lilies are beginning to bloom also, And I love the hosta with golden or chartreuse center and the blue~green edges..really pretty one! Also love the blue one! And the lemon~blueberry pound cake sounds like a winner!
Hope you had a nice weekend!
Hug's
Cat

Heather said...

I love this recipe; made it once for Easter and garnished it with pansies, wonderful. I'd actually lost it, and am really glad to see it here.
Take care.
Heather BT from EG
http://adoptakid.blogspot.com

joey said...

Thanks Kim ... I love the meandering geraniums. This cake is worth saving some blueberries for (you can nibble the blueberries out of the cake);)

Hope all is well Amy and that soon you'll be back 'in top form'.

Welcome Memories ... and thank you. You have some delicious stuff going on on your yummy site! Enjoyed my visit.

Thanks Jane Marie. I will include more. If you check out past posts in 'As the Garden Grows' you will see many in their setting.

I think you will enjoy this, Rose. It's been a keeper for many years. Let me know if it becomes one of yours also :)

Thanks dear Cat. As you can see, I'm crazy 'bout hostas. The weekend was most thought-provoking. Weather wonderful, wild and wacky (tornado warnings and hail)

Hi Heather! It is a good cake, isn't it? Hope all is well. Been thinkin' bout you and needin' a nursery fix and hug!