- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed and softened
- 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 6 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1 cup confectionersí sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- Lemon Pastry Cream
- 1 1/2 cups Sweetened Whipped Cream
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed, picked over, and stemmed
- Preheat the oven to 325?F. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Dust the pan with the tablespoon of flour.
- Combine 1 cup of the granulated sugar and the lemon juice in a medium-size nonreactive saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and cook until the mixture reduces by half, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whip, cream the remaining 2 sticks butter with the remaining 1 cup of sugar in a large mixing bowl until light, fluffy, and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the remaining 2 cups flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, beating until all is well blended. Fold in the lemon zest. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until the center springs back when touched, about 50 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and place it on wire rack. With a toothpick or wooden skewer, make tiny holes randomly on the top of the cake. Pour half of the sugar-lemon syrup over the cake. Brush the sides of the cake with the remaining syrup.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the confectionersí sugar and water and whisk until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake and spread evenly, letting it drip down the sides. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
- Slice the cake into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Spread the lemon pastry cream evenly on half of the slices. Place the remaining slices over the lemon pastry cream to form sandwiches. Slice each sandwich in half diagonally and top each with the whipped cream and blueberries.