Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lemon Rosemary Pound Cake

Lemon and rosemary are best friends in my mind. I love pairing them together in savory dishes and even cocktails (Lemon Rosemary French 75- yes please!!). But I have never thought of making them into a sweet treat until yesterday. I had all these ideas but I was craving something I'd want to eat with vanilla bean ice cream. So lemon rosemary pound cake with a streusel center became my next recipe mission. And bonus it will be the perfect treat to bring to my boyfriends parents house this weekend! Yay! Happy weekend everyone! 

Lemon Rosemary Pound Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 
4 tbs butter, cold 
4 eggs 
1 1/2 tsp rosemary, very finely minced 

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 
Zest of 1 lemon 

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus 1/2 cup extra
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
Canola oil spray 
Confectioners sugar for dusting (optional) 

2 large mixing bowls
1 small mixing bowl
Measuring cups/spoons
Cutting board
Chopping knife
Electric hand mixer 
9x5 loaf pan 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray loaf pan with canola oil. 

In one large bowl cream together 11/4 cup white sugar and 2 softened sticks of butter using the electric hand mixer. Once creamy, add an egg- one at a time- mixing in between each addition. Add vanilla extract, minced rosemary, lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well. 

In other large bowl add flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well. 

With the electric mixer on- slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet bowl. Make sure the scrape down the sides and combine well. 

In the third small bowl add brown sugar, cold butter and the extra 1/2 cup of flour. Mix using your hands until it becomes granular- similar to damp sand. Set aside. 

Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan. Using the spatula spread evenly into the pan. Then take the streusel mixture and pour evenly onto the batter. Pour remaining batter on top and smooth out evenly with spatula. 

Place loaf pan into preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 325 degrees. Cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center. Remove from loaf pan to cool and dust with confectioners sugar if you want to serve. Enjoy it! Xo

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