Summer is almost here, or at least, that's what the calander says. It doesn't feel much like summer yet in Boston. The temparatures aren't there and the constant wind and drizzle makes it feel more like autumn. But nothing cheers me up or gets me in a "Summery in the Amalfi Coast" kind of mood more than lemony desserts. I have a fondness for anything with lemon and if a recipe calls for both limoncello and zest, than you know it's going to be delicious!
This is a pretty straightforward recipe that will make you feel like you're vacationing in Capri, or Sorrento. Ok, who am I kidding, that's quite a stretch, but at the very least, it will make for a delicious match to an espresso or a shot of limoncello! This is pretty addictive, so plan ahead and consider making a couple. As you can see, it makes a lovely gift wrapped in a decorative bag.
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup light-tasting olive oil
4 tablespoons Limoncello
zest of one lemon
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoon limoncello
Preheat over at 350
In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
In a larger bowl or stand mixer blend the sour cream, eggs, sugar, olive oil, limoncello and lemon zest until blended. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients to sour cream mixture. Do not over mix. Pour in a 10 inch cake pan that has been sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 35-40 minutes, start looking at the cake at about 30 minutes, since everyone’s oven is different, if could be done sooner or take a few minutes longer. Test with a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean, it’s fully cooked. If it looks at all moist, leave it in the oven a few more minutes.
Cool completely before removing from pan.
Prepare the glaze by mixing the powdered sugar with limoncello. If it looks dry, add a teaspoon of milk, do not add too much limoncello as it could be a bit too tangy for some folks. If it’s too liquid, add a tablespoon more of powdered sugar.
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