Grapefruit-Poppy Seed Loaf

June 2009
Grapefruit-Poppy Seed Loaf

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 1 hr 10 mins

  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons grated grapefruit peel and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks  (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Grease and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan; line the bottom with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, poppy seeds, grapefruit peel and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup grapefruit juice until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, 30 seconds. Gradually beat in the remaining 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar and the salt on high speed, scraping down the sides, until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the egg mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time. Scrape down the sides; mix for 3 minutes. Mix in the flour in 3 parts on low speed. Scrape into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack placed on a sheet of parchment paper. Using a skewer, poke holes into the loaf; brush with half of the grapefruit syrup. Let cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides to loosen, then invert onto the rack and brush with the remaining grapefruit syrup. Turn right side up and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Whisk together the confectioners sugar and the remaining 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Drizzle over the cake and let set before slicing.
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