For The Pound Cake
(Makes 2 cakes)
• 1 pound (3 1/4 cups) + 2 tbs. all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon sea salt
• 2 sticks softened unsalted butter, plus more for pans
• 1/2 cup Virgin & Aged Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 2 cups sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 9 large, room-temperature eggs
• 2 tablespoons sanding sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter two 5-by-9-inch loaf pans. Combine 3 1/4 cups flour and salt in a bowl.
2. Cream butter, sour cream, and sugar with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, for 8 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to medium, and add vanilla extract.
3. Lightly beat eggs with the Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and add to mixer bowl in 4 additions, mixing thoroughly after each and scraping down sides. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture in 4 additions, mixing until just incorporated. Divide batter between pans. Tap on counter to distribute; smooth tops.
4. Before baking, sprinkle sanding sugar over each cake. Bake until a tester inserted into center of each cake comes out clean, about 65 minutes. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.
For the Lemon Curd
• 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon lemon zest
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 2 whole large eggs plus 2 large yolks
• 4 Tbs. of Virgin & Aged Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 cup granulated sugar
Whisk together lemon zest, juice, sugar, cornstarch, eggs, and yolks in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil, for 2 minutes while whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in the Butter Extra Virgin Olive Oil until smooth.
• 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 2 teaspoons good quality vanilla extract
In the bowl of a mixer, whip cold cream to light peaks. Add sugar and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
• 2 pints of fresh berries such as strawberries (halved), black berries, raspberries and or blueberries
• 1/2 cup Virgin & Aged Ripe Peach White Balsamic
Macerate (soak) the fresh berries in the peach white balsamic for 15 minutes before assembling the trifle.
To Assemble The Trifle
Cut one pound cake loaf in to one inch cubes. Add 1/3 of the pound cake cubes to the bottom of your trifle dish. Use a pastry brush to dab Ripe Peach White Balsamic on to the pound cake. Next, layer with 1/2 cup of lemon curd. Arrange 1/3 of the berries decoratively along the perimeter of the trifle dish, covering the layer of lemon curd. Add 1/2 cup of the chilled Chantilly cream over the berries. Repeat these layer two more times ending with a layer of Chantilly cream on top. Allow the trifle to rest, covered and chilled, for three hours before serving Garnish with fresh berries and a mint sprig.
Serves 10 -12 generously