French Lemon-Poppy Pound Cake

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Recipe

2 Cups Cake Flour
¾ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
½ Cup + 3 Tbsp (1 3/8 sticks/156 grams) Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled to slightly warm
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¼ Cup (60 grams) Heavy Cream
3 Tbsp Lemon Zest
1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
4 Large Free-Range Eggs
1 ¼ cups Granulated Sugar

For the Lemon Glaze
½ Cup Powdered/Confectioners’ Sugar
1-2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
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Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350˚F/180˚C. Butter a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan, or line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour,
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baking powder,
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and salt.
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Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the butter,
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cream,
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lemon zest,
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lemon juice,
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and poppy seeds.
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The mixture should have the consistency of a thick liquid.
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If the butter hardens into little lumps, heat the mixture gently until the butter melts again. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment (or a handheld mixer) beat together the eggs
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and granulated sugar
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on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy and lemon colored. (If you use a handheld mixer, this same step will take 8 to 10 minutes.)
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Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture
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just until combined.
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Fold about one-fourth of the egg-flour mixture into the butter-cream mixture to lighten it.
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Then fold in the remaining egg-flour mixture just until thoroughly combined.
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Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
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Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes,
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or until the top of the cake is golden brown and springs back when you press it in the middle. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes.

To make the lemon glaze: While the cake is cooling, in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar
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and enough of the lemon juice to make an easily spreadable, smooth glaze.

When the cake has cooled for at least 30 minutes, pop it out of the pan and place it on the rack. Spread or spoon the glaze over the top of the still-warm cake, letting the glaze dribble down the sides.
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The cake can be stored tightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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