Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Putting on the Ritz,with a little bit of history

Having sexed up the Waldorf I am now putting on the Ritz. Here at Casa Rosada we enjoy a wintertime fireside treat.Once the sun has gone down behind the castle, work is considered done for the day.The days are getting longer I know, but on a cold cloudy day 5.30 is twilight time, so we pull up a chair and enjoy a slice of cake by the fire.Envious I think you are.Well why not come and join us for a slice of home made cake, and if its not the Portuguese winter sun you are looking for,we will give you a sunshine cake on your plate for a spring or summer breakfast.Well if you cant afford the Ritz, then I say why not bring the razzle dazzle home with you.
This is the kind of recipe that keeps getting handed down. It's that GOOD and perfectly classic,that I haven´t meddled with the recipe.The franchises like the Four Seasons and
Ritz that have now absorbed most of the original Ritz hotels are probably the reason for the demise of this cake and it is now up to individuals like myself to continue its legacy.

 a little bit ritzy
The Ritz hotel in London however still serves this cake (see above) and the Ritz Madrid and the Paris Ritz still remain in the César Ritz group.Thankfully there are still the boulevards and the cafés in Paris, and the sense that things will continue, just as they always have done, so should this cake.The Ritz in Paris is a destination where a high  tea is still served  in the perfect European tradition.A little bit of history: tea at the Bar Vendôme at the Ritz was the first occasion where it was socially acceptable for a woman to be in public without her husband.Fascinating! so while in Paris every woman must experience afternoon tea.
A little bit of history: tea at The Bar Vendôme at The Ritz was the first occasion in France where it was socially acceptable for a woman to be in public without her husband. Fascinating! - See more at: http://mybeautifulparis.com/do/tea/#sthash.YcbgzOkw.dpuf
A little bit of history: tea at The Bar Vendôme at The Ritz was the first occasion in France where it was socially acceptable for a woman to be in public without her husband. Fascinating! - See more at: http://mybeautifulparis.com/do/tea/#sthash.YcbgzOkw.dpuf
A little bit of history: tea at The Bar Vendôme at The Ritz was the first occasion in France where it was socially acceptable for a woman to be in public without her husband. Fascinating!
- See more at: http://mybeautifulparis.com/do/tea/#sthash.iEeFWlnz.dpuf
The famous Ritz Carlton Hotel 
1920's Tea Room Lemon Pound Cake
Preheat oven to 350F
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder 

3/4 tsp salt
3 cups sugar 

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
5 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
6 Tbsp lemon juice
1 lemon, zested

Grease and flour one large Bundt pan.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each one.
Add dry ingredients in three additions to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Mix in lemon juice and zest.
Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into centre comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks and cool completely.



 

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