My family (and Mike’s family) knows me so well. I have a feeling that whenever they think what to buy me for Christmas they think, “Erin=Kitchen.” Which, I have to be honest, I absolutely love. I receive items and books that I may not necessarily have bought for myself and this Christmas, my cousin got me the cookbook Vegan Yum Yum. Now, I am by far not a vegan (insert moment of pause while I drool over thoughts of cheese) but the cookbook has tons of recipes that sound fantastic (even without cheese.) Granted there are few that I am not quite brave enough to make the mac and “cheese” recipe but who knows, maybe one day! Today’s recipe: Stuffed squash with cranberries, almonds, and cous cous. This recipe was amazing!
So after my time well spent in the kitchen earlier, I still had an itch to bake something (at nine o’clock at night no less.) For some reason, I have been crazing something lemony recently and I figured the easiest thing I could whip together was pound cake. After a couple searches for pound cake, I decided to go with the nontraditional pound cake that uses baking powder. The result: the perfect and moist pound cake. I was skeptical because I am very fond of the real pound cake, I worried this would be to “cakey” but I was presently surprised.
- 2 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup softened butter
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1½ tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- ¼ cup rum
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoon rum
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350˚ and spray bread pan (recipe makes one large loaf)
- Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add wet ingredients, continue to mix.
- Combine dry ingredients and mix into wet ingredients. Scrap into prepared pan and smooth out.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until knife is inserted and comes out clean.
- Cool slightly, turn out onto cooling rack, and poke with a few more holes with knife. Prepare icing (just mix ingredients) and brush with glaze while still warm.
To top everything off, I got my white Christmas a couple days late!