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Lemon Tea Cake

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Yields one 4-1/2 x 8-1/2-inch loaf.

Serves ten to twelve.

Check the ingredient list of this delightful, not-too-sweet cake: You'll find the surprising elements of coriander and caraway seeds. The caraway is a perfect contrast to the lemon, while the coriander adds a floral, lemony flavor of its own.

  • 9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour; more for the pan
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature; more for the pan
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed, finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp. ground mace
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. caraway seeds
  • Lemon Curd for serving (optional)

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter and flour a 4-1/2 x 8-1/2-inch loaf pan (Pyrex is fine).

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat the butter and lemon zest with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and smooth, about 1 minute (if you're using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment). Add the sugar, eggs, coriander, and mace; beat until smooth. Add half of the milk and beat until just blended (the batter may look curdled; that's fine). Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture in two batches, beating just until blended and scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the remaining milk and mix on low just until blended. Stir in the caraway seeds with a rubber spatula. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a table knife around the inside of the pan, invert the cake out of the pan, flip it right side up onto the rack, and let it cool completely. (The cake will keep, tightly wrapped, at room temperature for up to three days.) Use a serrated knife to slice (the slices are fragile, so take care not to make them too thin). Seve with lemon curd, if you like.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on twelve servings without lemon curd; Calories (kcal): 230; Fat (g): 9; Fat Calories (kcal): 80; Saturated Fat (g): 5; Protein (g): 4; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3; Carbohydrates (g): 34; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 180; Cholesterol (mg): 60; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Great recipe, I was looking for a recipe my Welsh Grandmother used to make...Seed cake, which was made with Caraway seeds. Although this recipe isn't the same it is very good. Moist and lemony although I would cut back to 1 tbsp of zest next time and increase the Caraway a little .

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