1920 Ritz Carlton Tea Room Pound Cake

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I http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/famous-ritz-carlton-hotel-1920s-tea-room.html

I Found this recipe on just a pinch .com with the above picture.I have been in search of a great pound cake recipe and i think this may finally be it. It was easy to make and very versatile when i wanted to add other ingredients to it.

Lemon Pound Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups sugar ( i think you could reduce this amount by 1/2 a cup  with no adverse consequences to the texture or taste)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature( for those of you who do not like shortening i myself used 1/2 cup butter instead)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested

Spray or butter and flour 3 small  loaf pans or one large Bundt pan.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl.  Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each one.

Add dry ingredients in three additions to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low-speed just until blended after each addition. Mix in lemon juice and zest.

Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.  Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes.  Turn cakes out onto racks and cool completely.

**DO NOT fill your pans to the top or the cake will overflow. Any leftover batter can be put in a buttered oven proof dish for a mini cake.

Instead of lemon i added 1/3 cup good raspberry Jam to make it raspberry pound cake

On another occasion I added  a teaspoon of Almond essence and a cup of dry fruits sifted in flour (cherries and raisins ) to make it a special rich tea fruit pound cake .the possibilities are endless. In place of Shortening i have substituted butter with no adverse results.

I was sceptical about the outcome of my version , but certainly was ecstatic with the taste and texture.My search is over. It had a lemony crispy top and was rich and light as a cloud. I got 3 loaf pans out of the recipe.

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