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Spiced Pound Cake with Lemon Basil-Orange Syrup

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Category: Cakes

 Ingredients List

  • ------------------------------------CAKE------------------------------------
  • 3/4 lb Unsalted butter; room temp
  • 1 lb Powdered sugar
  • 6 lg Eggs; lightly beaten
  • 1 tb Vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 c All-purpose flour; sifted
  • 1 tb Nutmeg


1 c Orange juice
1/2 c Water
2 c Sugar
1 c Lemon basil leaves, fresh;

"Dense and moist, this lightly spiced pound cake makes a lovely
warm-weather dessert; the Lemon Basil-Orange syrup is the perfect flavor
companion for this buttery cake. This recipe makes two cakes; if you can
only use one at a time I suggest freezing the second cake, wrapped tightly
in plastic and then in foil. However, once the cakes are drizzled with the
syrup they will keep at cool room temperature for up to one week."

To make the cake:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans and
dust lightly with flour.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually sift the powdered sugar into the butter, stirring occasionally to
partially combine. When all the sugar has been added, beat until fluffy.
Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla,
flour, and nutmeg; mix well. Divide the batter between the two pans.

Bake on the bottom rack of oven for 45 minutes. Rotate the pans to the top
rack and bake for 10 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted into the
centers of the cakes comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and cool in pans for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the Lemon Basil-Orange Syrup:

Place the orange juice, water, sugar, and basil in a deep-sided saucepan.
Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently
to prevent the mixture from boiling over. When the mixture is thick and
syrupy, remove from the heat and strain. Cool to room temperature. If the
syrup becomes thicker than pouring consistency, thin with about 2
tablespoons of very hot water.

Using a long, thin, wooden skewer, poke each cake all over from the top to
the bottom. Drizzle half of the syrup over each cake, taking care to spread
the syrup evenly into the tiny holes. Let cakes stand at least 2 hours
before serving or cover with foil and keep up to 1 week in the pan. To
serve, remove the room-temperature cakes from pans and cut into 1-inch
slices. Garnish with sprigs of basil.

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