When the world goes haywire, I head to the kitchen and figure out what I can bake. I may not be able to design/push legislation ridding the U.S. of automatic weapons; I could be stumped how to fix a scene my editor hates…but I can follow a recipe. The steps are simple, the process logical, the smells delightful, and the result is tangible. Most things I make are ready to eat in an hour. The product instantly makes my husband, guests and myself happy; I am a heroine in my own home.
We have a series of house guests showing up the next two weeks, so I have a good excuse to bake. Since my orange tree is full of fruit, I’ve juiced some for orange juice and baked four loaves of orange pound cake. This cake recipe is a keeper. A slice of it, slightly warmed along with some ice cream or whipped cream…scrumptious!
So here you go, friends, an easy way to show people you’ve finished something…and in these grim times, a way to make them smile.
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/barefoot-contessas-orange-pound-cake-144654 Barefoot Contessa’s Orange Pound Cake. Lots of orange zest and juice, four eggs, and buttermilk make this cake especially good. I like the orange juice syrup drizzled over the still-warm top, as well. Makes two loaves…freezes nicely.
· 1⁄2lb unsalted butter, at room temperature
· 2 1⁄2cups granulated sugar, divided
· 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
· 1⁄3cup grated orange zest (6 oranges)
· 3 cups all-purpose flour
· 1⁄2teaspoon baking powder
· 1⁄2teaspoon baking soda
· 1 teaspoon kosher salt
· 3⁄4cup freshly squeezed orange juice, divided
· 3⁄4cup buttermilk, at room temperature
· 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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