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Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake

From: EatingWell

We love that Bundt cakes don't demand frosting--just let a sweet lemon glaze run over the poppy-seed cake and you've got perfection.

Servings: 16 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Rated : 
 by 4 people
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups  whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Note)
1 cup  all-purpose flour
1/4 cup  poppy seeds, toasted (see Tip)
1 1/2 teaspoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 cup  buttermilk, (see Tip)
1/4 cup  canola oil
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
2 tablespoons  freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons  lemon juice
2   large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip)
2   large egg whites, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups  sugar
3/4 cup  confectioners' sugar , plus more for dusting
3 tablespoons  lemon juice
1 tablespoon  water
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan, preferably nonstick, with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).
2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice in a glass measuring cup.
3. Beat eggs, egg whites and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until thickened and pale, about 5 minutes.
4. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a rubber spatula, a third at a time, alternating with 2 additions of the buttermilk mixture. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
5. Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
6. To prepare glaze: Sift 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar into a small bowl; mix with lemon juice and water to create a thin glaze. Poke 1-inch-deep holes all over the cake with a skewer. Coat the warm cake with the glaze using a pastry brush. Let cool completely. To serve, set the cake on a serving plate and dust with confectioners' sugar.
Tips:
Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten forming potential than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Store in the freezer. Sources: Available in large supermarkets and in natural-foods stores, and from King Arthur Flour, (800) 827-6836, bakerscatalogue.com, and Bob's Red Mill, (800) 349-2173, bobsredmill.com.
Tips: Toast poppy seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make "sour milk" the ratio is 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.
To bring cold eggs to room temperature quickly, place in a mixing bowl and set it in a larger bowl of warm water for a few minutes; the eggs will beat to a greater volume.
To separate eggs safely: Use an egg separator, an inexpensive gadget found in cookware stores; separating eggs by passing the yolk back and forth between pieces of eggshell or your hands can expose the eggs to bacteria.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Equipment: 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan, preferably nonstick
Nutrition Facts
Calories 215, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 27 mg, Sodium 146 mg, Carbohydrate 38 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 5 g, Potassium 70 mg. Exchanges: Other Carbohydrate 2.5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


Comments (1)
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thebaguettediet wrote:

Tried this yesterday and it was quite good for a "healthy" dessert, but as the recipe mentions the wheat flour gives a much more dense texture: http://thebaguettediet.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/whole-wheat-lemon-poppy-seed-cake/

10/6/2013 01:22:44 AM Report Abuse

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