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I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lemon Thyme Pound Cake


Lemon Thyme Pound Cake - A hint of Lemon Thyme in the pound cake adds a terrific flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea!  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Are there certain herbs that just grab your attention 
when you see them in a recipe?

Me? 
I'm crazy about cilantro... 
besotted with basil...
red-hot for rosemary...
I lust after lavender... 
and lately,
I'm loving lemon thyme.

Lemon Thyme Pound Cake --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I don't have anything against the other herbs...
in fact, I'm an equal-opportunity herbalist.
But show me a dish with my top five "superb herbs"...
especially when they are used in
desserts or beverages, 
and I'm ripping and pinning recipes like crazy. 

This recipe came from Edible Boston magazine,
which I picked up in April on my crazy "girls weekend."

Lemon Thyme Pound Cake - A hint of Lemon Thyme in the pound cake adds a terrific flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea!  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've got to admit that I can't easily
detect a strong lemon thyme flavor,
but this cake was still delicious... 
in an understated way.

To me, this is not a true "pound" cake,
because it doesn't have a pound each of
butter, sugar, flour and eggs.
If it were my recipe, 
I'd just call it a lemon bread.

Usually Mr. Goo Shoes and I are on two different
planets when it comes to desserts.
 He prefers rich and gooey...
I like plain and simple best. 
But he liked it,
he really liked it! 
So that, in and of itself, 
is a good endorsement.

This lovely lemon-thyme pound cake
is perfectly suited with a glass of iced tea,
(or a cup of hot tea),
maybe after lunch with the ladies...
or perhaps while reading a book
 in a secret garden nook.

Or, if you're like me...
just eat it with whatever, whenever,
like while you are vacuuming,
or just after you've exercised. 

Lemon Thyme Pound Cake - A hint of Lemon Thyme in the pound cake adds a terrific flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea!  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

A couple of notes about the recipe:
I didn't use all of the lemon juice in the glaze.
I thought it would be too thin,

so I used about 1/4 cup, instead of 1/2.

Next time, when brushing the cake with the glaze,
I'll poke some holes in the top with the cake tester,
so some of the glaze seeps into the cake.

There's something about a lemony glaze
 that's lip-smackin' good, isn't there?

Lemon Thyme Pound Cake - A hint of Lemon Thyme in the pound cake adds a terrific flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea!  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Lemon Thyme Pound Cake
(recipe courtesy of Edible Boston magazine)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons lemon thyme, finely chopped
4 teaspoons grated lemon peel
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a loaf pan and dust with flour.
Cream together butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add lemon thyme, grated lemon peel, eggs and vanilla, and mix well.
Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Add dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture alternately with the sour cream, and blend.
Pour batter into pan and bake for approximately 1 hour.

Place confectioner's sugar in a bowl.
Gradually whisk in the lemon juice (see my note, above).
Brush the top of the hot cake with some of the mixture.
Let it  stand for 10 minutes, then brush cake again.
Repeat again after 10 minutes. 


Lemon Thyme Pound Cake - A hint of Lemon Thyme in the pound cake adds a terrific flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea!  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



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41 comments:

  1. Hi Amy, Your cake looks and sounds delicious -- great food photos!! I adore pound cake, especially when it has lemon in it. I've already pinned your recipe to my Pinterest boards. :) I enjoy reading your blog -- have recently started following you. Hope you have a great week!

    Denise

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    1. Thanks so much, Denise, for the "follow!" And thanks for the pin, too!

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  2. PINNED !!!
    I love anything with lemon ! (although I love a strong lemon flavor - a hint of it will do just fine ! ) It's raining today - I get to sit down and visit everyone - yay for rain LOL !!!
    XOX

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    1. Awww, thanks, Suzan! Glad you were able to make the most of a rainy day!

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  3. Another lemon lover!! I have lemon thyme growing in my garden and this little cake looks so delicious, I might just find myself vacuuming this afternoon! HA!

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  4. Sounds delicious and I just happen to have thyme in the backyard. I love lemon breads with my afternoon coffee. :)

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    1. Then put that lemon thyme to good use, Stacey! I hope you like it!

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  5. Im a pound cake fanatic and after exercising soy about right to me.

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    1. Oh, yes, Sandra! Cake after exercise is the best, isn't it!

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    1. It's really yummy, Deb. I love lemon desserts, so I just had to try this one.

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  7. Ooh Amy, I definitely have to try this...once I have a kitchen again!

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  8. I have some lemon thyme in my herb garden and I need good things to eat after painting, so I'll definitely try this! Thanks for the idea.

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    1. After all of your painting, this would be a good reward, Magali! And you are on summer vacation, after all!

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  9. You always share the yummiest recipes! That looks good. I love lemon anything, so maybe I'll give this one a try.

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    1. I love lemon anything, too, Kelly! I could eat this entire loaf in one sitting! But of course, I'll be a lady, and won't do that, lol!

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  10. That looks delicious! I love lemon cakes!

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    1. I love anything lemonny, too! Thanks for the visit!

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  11. I'm a huge 'lemon on everything' kinda gal, and lemon thyme is one of my favorite herbs, although I must admit I rarely use it!

    This definitely sounds like the perfect thing to eat with afternoon tea *said with my best British accent*.

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    1. Yes, Doreen, if you have this with afternoon tea, you must speak in a British accent! I'm a huge lemon fan, myself!

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  12. Amy, This cake looks so moist. I seldom bake with herbs but you've got me thinking now :) Hope all is well? I've been a little preoccupied lately and I really need to spend more time with my blog - :) Have a great weekend...

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    1. It's really goo, Eileen. I've been really into recipes that use herbs in unique ways lately, so this one "spoke" to me. All is well here - hope the same for you. Glad to see a few posts by you, recently!

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  13. Never heard of a lemon thyme cake before, sounds interesting.
    Does it have an overpowering taste of lemon? 'cause i don't like lemon cakes much

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    1. Yes, Michal, it is quite lemonny, not so much from the lemon thyme, but from the juice and zest. If you don't like lemon cakes, this probably isn't for you!

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  14. Your lemon thyme pound cake looks scrumptious and melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I just made a lemon loaf with lemons from my neighbour's garden, and it was amazingly moist and light!

    Poppy

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    1. Ooooh, home grown lemons sound so wonderful! I wish we could grow them here!

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  15. Oh I like the idea of holes so the glaze can seep in. That sounds SO good! I just love the flavor of lemons!

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    1. I'm definitely going to poke the holes next time, Michelle. I'm like a magnet when it comes to recipes with lemons!

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  16. This sounds perfect for a summer tea - LOVE lemons! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  17. I just bought a lemon thyme plant and it is thriving in the summer heat. I will have to bake something with it!
    Sherry

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    1. I've seen so many lemon thyme recipes this summer, Sherry. I'm going to try a few more!

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  18. I am obsessed with lemon desserts and honestly could drink lemon glaze for a cocktail! This looks delicious Amy!

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    1. I think you are onto something, Ann! Lemon glaze with a shot of vodka! Thanks for your visit!

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  19. This is such a unique cake!
    My family loves lemon-dessert, and they also love thyme
    It should be super interesting to try this cake. I'm definitely intrigue

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    1. I hope you try it, Winnie! I was drawn to it because it was a little different. Enjoy!

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  20. This is wonderful! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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