Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mexican Lime Pound Cake

"This one!"

Ronan's Uncle Greg is known around the world for his stunningly delicious southern pound cake. All of my friends who have tried it fall over themselves to get more of it- one bite and you are hooked. Greg has tried to teach me how to make it, but it involves too much chemistry, timing, intuition, superstition and magic that I never get it right. Once, when we were baking the cake together, he yelled at me to, "stop stomping around the kitchen like clumsy bull... you'll make the cake fall!"

"Texture is good- very fluffy... a nice, soft cake"

Taking his recipe as inspiration we set out to bake a California style cake using the fresh Mexican limes that yesterday's storm had blown off our tree (thank you Nana... yes, the lime tree you gave us is *still* a heavy producer of delicious fruit). We used both the juice and the zest- Ronan had a blast helping squeeze the tiny little limes using a citrus press.

The key flavor ingredient- fresh Mexican limes from the tree.

The cake turned out better than we hoped. It was lighter than expected (given the 20 tablespoons of butter and 2 1/4 cups of sugar) and the Mexican lime flavor was superb. The only complaint was the thin glaze that simply ran off the sides when applied.

"Hmm... it's good, don't get me wrong, but I preferred the teriyaki skirt steak we had for dinner"

Delicious though it was, our cake did not compare to Greg's original southern version (which he serves with Haagen Dazs Butter Pecan ice cream). However, for a baking-challenged-family with only clumsy left feet, this Mexican lime concoction will suffice.


Todd said...

mmmmm, that looks scrumptious.

i also notice that ronan's hair is getting darker. it's about time he starts resembling one of you guys. haha.

CalBadger said...

Yum, Yum!

Holly said...

Nice job - you'll give U. Greg a run for his money. And it looks like Ronan still has herpes sores on his mouth and hands - or is that raspberry jam? glad the Raven lime is still producing :-)

Erik said...

It's not herpes rather a Varicella variant (chickenpox). He has pox all over his body, but fortunately for him it was mild (he was vaccinated last year for chickenpox... this made his symptoms less severe). He's doing much better now.

Holly said...

Gee, and here I thought the vaccination Prevented the chicken pox. Glad he isn't miserable with it. Look in the mirror and see if you still have that pock mark between your eyes. A souvenir of your C. Pox at age 6 months :-)