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.
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.
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.
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?