This was a graduate school favorite that I recently dug out of a very old box of recipe clips. I have no idea where the recipe originated but have fond memories of sitting with my housemates in the kitchen eating hot slabs of this cake right out of the oven.
- Heat poppyseeds and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat just before milk begins to boil. Let stand until milk reaches room temperature.
- Preheat over to 350 degrees.
- Cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt).
- AIn thirds, alternately beat into the butter and sugar the dry ingredients and milk. Add the vanilla and lemon zest at the end.
- Lightly butter 2 loaf pans and split batter between pans. Bake 40-50 minutes until a toothpick or knife inserted comes out clean.
I love the tons of poppy seeds in this, and lemon zest was a great addition! For some reason mine was on the dry side; difficult to cut without the edges crumbling. (Possibly my eggs were too small?) The batter seemed fine, and the cake still tastes really good. I topped with raspberry toffee sauce #142631. I'm going to try freezing the second loaf. Thanks for sharing!
This is delicious. Added a little more milk since Kaarin said it was a little dry and the extra milk made the cake perfect. Thanks for sharing. ;-))
Just wanted to add that the original Moosewood recipe calls for brown sugar and says to bake in two well-greased bread pans. I like the look of Tina and Dave's photo and am going to make it that way right now!