Mean Chef's Lemon Tea Cake

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Total Time
1hr 35mins
30 mins
1 hr 5 mins

I adopted this recipe after its original poster, Mean Chef, departed the site. Mean posted it on Jan 18, 2004. His comments: "Lemony, not too sweet cake. Serve with lemon curd." (Mean's Lemon Curd is Lemon Curd )

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  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Butter and flour a 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch loaf pan.
  3. Sift flou, baking powder and salt together into a bowl.
  4. Beat butter and lemon zest together with an electric mixer (use paddle attachment) until light and smooth- about 1 minute.
  5. Add sugar, eggs, coriander and mace; beat until smooth.
  6. Add half of the milk, beat until just blender.
  7. Add the flour mixture in two batches, beat until just blended and scraping the bowl as needed.
  8. Add remaining milk and mix until just blended.
  9. Add caraway seeds and stir in with a rubber spatula.
  10. Transfer to loaf pan and smooth top.
  11. Bake until tester comes out clean in the middle of the loaf- abou 60-65 minutes.
  12. Let cool for 10 minutes, remove cake from pan and cool completely on a rack.
  13. Cake will keep 3 days at room temperature if wrapped well.
  14. Cut with a serrated knife in thick slices- cake is tender.