Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baking with Julia: Lemon Loaf Cake

 
I had high hopes going into this week's edition of Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. The assignment was a lemon loaf cake, just in time for my family's annual Easter extravaganza. I love citrus, and while it doesn't hold a candle to chocolate, I've found that a nice light lemon flavor can be a refreshing departure from my decadent default. Also, Dorie described the cake as having the texture of a traditional pound cake, which I also love, but don't make often enough.

Sadly, the results failed to live up to my expectations. While the cake could not have been easier to make, I found it to be overly dense and dry. The lemon flavor was subtle and delicious, but was obscured by the cake's density and lack of moisture. I was expecting tangy and refreshing, but after a few bites all I wanted was a glass of water.

Like many of my fellow TWD'ers, I think this cake could seriously benefit from a nice lemon glaze and perhaps a side of fresh berries with whipped cream. Fortunately, it was so easy to make that I would have no problem giving it another try with some modifications. It wasn't terrible, just not as great as I was expecting.



Source: Baking with Julia, shout out to Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life for hosting this week, find the recipe on either of their blogs

3 comments:

  1. It was a bit dense for me as well... though with the humidity in my country nothing really turns out dry. :)
    Hope you do have the opportunity to give it another go!

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  2. Lemon glaze would be perfect on top!!!

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  3. I think a glaze did help perk up this cake. But it would make a great base for other desserts, which makes it worth revisiting for sure.

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