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Delectable Meyer lemon and pistachio teacake

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Delectable Meyer lemon and pistachio teacake

veebee | Apr 3, 2006 11:18 AM

Somebody from work brought in a bunch of Meyer lemons from their backyard tree and I wanted to make some type of dessert. I was looking for a moist teacake, and had a picture in my mind of what exactly it should taste like, but couldn’t find just the right recipe. I get really wonderful pistachios in my CSA box and they were starting to pile up in the freezer, so I wanted to use some.

I started with a basic recipe I found online. One requirement was buttermilk. I’m a sucker for baked goodies with buttermilk. I added my own flavor ideas (vanilla, pistachios, cardamom) It turned out perfectly. Just what I wanted. Moist, buttery and lemony, studded with crunchy pistachios and a little spice from the cardamom.

¾ cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
¾ cup buttermilk
Grated rind of one lemon
¾ cup chopped pistachios
juice of two lemons
¾ cup confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed ingredients in three additions, alternating with buttermilk in three additions. Start and with the dry and end with the buttermilk. Stir in nuts and lemon rind. Pour into pan. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together lemon juice and powdered sugar until dissolved. Remove cake from oven and while still warm, poke numerous holes in the top with a wooden skewer. Spoon the lemon juice/powdered sugar mixture over the cake, letting each addition soak in. When cool, turn out onto a plate and serve.
I served it with mint tea.

I think next time I might add more cardamom, but would be wary of adding too much as it can be sort of numbing and weird.

Picture’s not the best. I’m still learning this digital thing.

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