Goat Cheese Pound Cake

INGREDIENTS 8 oz. fresh Capri goat cheese 3/4 lb. butter 2 cups sugar pinch salt 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest 2 tsp. vanilla 6 eggs 3 cups flour

Have the cheese, butter, and eggs at room temperature. Preheat oven to 325F. Cream the goat cheese and butter in a mixer. Add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is very light. Add the eggs one by one and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and add the flour, beating just until the batter is mixed. Spoon batter into a 10" tube pan thickly buttered and floured. Bake the pound cake for 1 1/4 hours or until an inserted skewer or toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let cake stand for 5 minutes. Invert the cake onto a rack and cool completely. Goat cheese pound cake is delicious by itself, or for a real treat, serve it with fresh seasonal berries and whipped cream.

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