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