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Lemon Pound Cake with Mint Berries and Cream

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar lemon curd
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Process sugar and mint leaves in a food processor until blended.

  2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy; gradually add 1 1/2 tablespoons mint mixture and 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Add flour alternately with 1/2 cup whipping cream, beginning and ending with flour. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in lemon rind and lemon juice. Pour batter into an 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch greased and floured loafpan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool on wire rack.

  4. Beat remaining 2 cups whipping cream, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon mint mixture at medium speed with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in lemon curd.

  5. Stir together remaining mint mixture, remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and strawberries.

  6. Serve pound cake with lemon cream and strawberries. Garnish, if desired.