Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Can't You Hear Me? Can't You Hear Me Calling Your Name Girl?"

Are you a lady? Do you have... lady business? It happens, a lot. This is real life. Did you know that a totally amazing remedy for the uglier side of lady business is chamomile? Also baked things, with butter. That's totally in a medical book somewhere.  So you know what I did? I baked you a cake with chamomile in it. I know! Spoonful of sugar right?! Because really at this point, how much more chamomile (without butter) could you possibly stand?

And if you're a man, but know a lady suffering from lady business, bake her this cake. It's a good idea ( for everyone involved). Just don't tell her why. That's a good idea too, you know, if you enjoy living.

Citrusy Chamomile Pound Cake
based on Sour Cream and Lemon Pound Cake
Bon Appétit  | July 1993

1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp chamomile tea leaves
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1tbsp orange zest + the zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease 9 x 5 loaf pan. Dust pan with cake flour; tap out excess flour.
Sift flour, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. In a seperate bowl cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Gradually add eggs 1 at a time, then beat in lemon juice and lemon/orange zest. Using rubber spatula, mix in dry ingredients until just combined and fold in sour cream. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Cut around cake in pan. Turn out cake.Carefully turn cake right side up on rack and cool completely.

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