Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lemon Pound Cake, Lemon Curd: A twist on the citrus classics

Lemon Curd & Lemon Pound Cake

My husband recently had to take a sweet treat to work. This is what I sent him with: A classic lemon pound cake, fresh lemon curd, and a stick of butter.

Why a stick of butter? Well, because it's what turns these two seemingly normal confections into one of my favorite desserts of all time: Grilled pund cake with hot lemon curd.

Directions:

1) Take the pound cake and slice it relatively thin.

2) In a hot griddle melt butter - and I do mean the salted kind - about a teaspoon pat per slice.

3) Fry/grill the pound cake to a lovely golden brown crispness on the outside set it on a plate.

4) Warm your lemon curd until it is nicely viscous/slightly runny then spoon the warm lemon curd over top of the pound cake.

Amazing.

Sure, you could add ice cream if you wanted but the combo of the sweet-tart lemon curd, on the salty-sweet, dense pound cake? Killer.

Lemon Curd & Lemon Pound Cake 2

This was the lemon curd recipe I used. In the future I'll be testing many more. I can't say it's my all time favorite though it is very, very good.

For the lemon pound cake I used a recipe from a cookbook we were given for our wedding - one I, admittedly, thought was a little simplistic but quickly grew to completely adore: The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. The truth is no one knows how to make everything - it's so helpful to have any easy to use, completely accessible guide. This was, believe it or not, my first time making pound cake from scratch and I knew I could find a reliable recipe in the America's Test Kitchen cookbook. I was right and the pound cake was perfectly lemony, poundy, and cakey. Funny enough? This has become one of my favorite wedding gifts as well.

Do you have a favorite dessert that is a twist on a classic? What about a favorite lemon curd recipe for me to try?

4 comments:

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I don't work much with lemon -- it's not one of my favorite flavors (too sour for me), but I think I may try your pound cake (and maybe even give it an orange twist).

Design Elements said...

it looks delicious!

graybird22 said...

ATK's Best Blueberry Muffins with lemon zest topping are to die for. Just FYI. ;)

Lisa said...

Oh boy, what a treat! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweets-for-saturday-11.html