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Any Citrus Tea Cake

Any Citrus Tea Cake 8.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Feb 5, 2018

Up the ante of any plain pound cake (even store-bought, we won't tell; just make sure to warm it up) with this quick simple syrup.

We tested this with David Lebovitz's recipe for Bay Leaf Pound Cake (see related recipe).

To read the accompanying story, see: Welcome the jewels of winter with these citrus recipes.

Make Ahead: For best quality, the syrup can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

8 - 12

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Tested size: 8-12 servings; makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf

  • One 9-by-5-inch loaf yellow pound cake (see headnote)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons finely grated zest (optional) and 1/4 cup fresh juice from citrus such as lemon, grapefruit, orange and/or lime

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Make your favorite pound cake in a standard 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. While it’s baking, combine the sugar and citrus juice in a small saucepan, along with some finely grated zest (to taste) from whichever fruit you juiced, if desired. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and then stir until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and let the syrup steep.

While the pound cake is still warm and in its pan, use a skewer to poke holes all over the top, and then evenly drizzle the syrup over the cake. Cool completely before taking it out of its pan, slicing and serving.

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From cookbook author and recipe developer Julia Turshen.

Tested by Diana Maxwell.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 12, using the bay leaf pound cake): 260

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 10g 15%

Saturated Fat: 6g 30%

Cholesterol: 70mg 23%

Sodium: 70mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 39g 13%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 26g

Protein: 4g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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