"Too stressed to drink" LEMON BUTTERMILK CAKE

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It’s been a while since I last posted, but for good reason. I was stressed and not sleeping very much. Too much going on at work, at home, in my head. So while most people would meet their friends at the local watering hole for a beer, I retreated to the place where I feel safe to vent and release my built up frustrations from the exhausting week I was in. My kitchen.

Flour came out. Buttermilk measured. Oven preheating.

Baking is something that let’s me zone out and just follow simple and direct instructions. 1, 2, 3. Measure this. Add that. It’s almost robotic. It calms me down and I pay more attention to the details of this process, so my mind is not able to create more and more lists in my head.

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LEMON BUTTERMILK CAKE

Source: Real Simple

Recipe makes 1 loaf.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup canola oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pan
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Suggested to serve with:

  • 2 pints pistachio ice cream
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted pistachios

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Brush an 8½-by-4½-inch loaf pan with oil and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla.
  4. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 65 to 75 minutes. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  6. Slice the cake. Serve with the ice cream and sprinkle with the pistachios.

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The bread broke beautifully and gave my head (and heart) the break they needed as well. I didn’t even need to eat it that night…I just need to make it. It’s often the process and journey that help you heal and refocus, many times more than making it to the very end. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. ;) But about that “To Do” List…

Ps. Oh and I shared the loaf with my office the next day. It was a big hit with the right amount of tang, and just enough sweetness in the crunchy crust!