Tag Archives: lemon

How to bake lemon bars

8 Aug

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I was unaware of the tarty deliciousness of lemon bars until about a week ago. I had seen umpteen recipes on international blogs but it wasn’t until my mother-in-law presented me with a bucket filled to the brim with lemons from her tree that I decided to make them.

Hello, tastebuds. Continue reading

How to make lavender and lemon cake

18 Jul

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With a glut of lemons beckoning from our oft-neglected but much loved lemon tree it was time to get baking. Lemon shortbread. Lemon and yogurt loaf. And this delicious cake that will make your mouth sing of all the pretty things. I discovered this recipe on the BBC site, which I find to be a wonderful resource when baking. It is from Paul Hollywood, who is quite the hero baker in his native Britain. I tweaked it a bit, switching his plain flour/ baking powder mix for straight self-raising flour and reducing the sugar. Considering the cake is finished with two different types of sugar I would even suggest minimising the amount of sugar in the recipe proper if your tooth isn’t overly sweet. Continue reading

Nigella Lawson French cake – Gateau Breton

26 May

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Many, many moons ago, when I was an unfortunate-looking teenager, my dad went on a holiday to France. My envy was palpable – growing up in a run-of-the-mill Sydney suburb all one ever heard about France was the chicness of the population, the deliciousness of the food and the classic style of the clothing. Continue reading

Donna Hay blueberry and lemon cake

11 Feb

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Oh Donna, let me the count the ways in which your baking recipes make my heart flutter… Actually, that would take far too long because Ms Hay’s cakes, tarts and muffin recipes always work. Devotees would note that I am Donna hay’s biggest cheerleader and this super simple recipe is yet another winner. Continue reading

How to make lemon meringue pie – a recipe

1 Aug

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A confession before we continue: I did not make this luscious looking creation. Rather, The Hungry Dad and Miss7 whipped it up for a family lunch at my mum’s house recently. I’m lucky – I married a man who is a great cook and our first born also loves cooking (especially desserts!).

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They chose this recipe from my ever-present copy of Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Bake.’

It is no exaggeration to say this pie was the hit of the lunch – everyone was full of compliments for my hubby and daughter. So proud!

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GATHER:

½ cup cornflour

1 cup caster sugar

½ cup lemon juice

1 ¼ cups water

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind

60g butter, diced

3 eggs, separated

½ cup caster sugar, extra

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1 ½ cups plain flour

1 tablespoon icing sugar

140g cold butter, diced

1 egg yolk

Approx 2 tablespoons iced water

LET’S GET TO IT:

Make pastry:

Process flour, icing sugar and butter until crumbly. Add yolk and enough iced water to process until it all comes together. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 30 mins.

Tart:

Grease 24cm round loose-bottomed fluted flan tin. Roll out pastry between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line tin. Carefully ease into pan, using rolling pin as guide. Gently press into base and sides, trim edges, then place in fridge for 30 mins.

Preheat oven to 220C.

Place dough-lined tin on oven tray and line with baking paper, fill with baking weights and bake for 10 minutes. Remove weights and paper and bake another 10 minutes. Cool, turn oven off.

Combine cornflour and sugar in medium pan and slowly stir in juice and water until smooth. Cook, stirring, over high heat until mixture boils and thickens.

Reduce heat and simmer while stirring for one minute.

Remove from heat and stir in rind, butter and yolks. Allow to cool.

Spread filling into case and bake preheat oven to 220C.

Beat egg whites in bowl of electric mixer until soft peaks form and gradually add extra sugar, beating until sugar dissolves (it shouldn’t feel grainy).

Spread meringue mixture on top of tart and bake for 2 minutes / until golden.

Serve cold with cream or ice cream.

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Lemon and vanilla madeleines

30 Jun

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Not only is Madeline the name of some of our very best friend’s daughters, but also the name of a delightfully light sweet morsel.

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Easy lemon yogurt cake

23 Mar

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Baking with lemon creates such a lovely fresh smell throughout your kitchen that you’ll wonder why you ever bake anything else. This super simple cake is just delish for morning tea, and is perfect with a liberal dusting of icing sugar. The recipe is from my stand-by AWW Quick Mix Cakes book, and all I did was reduce the amount of sugar from the suggested one cup.

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Gather:

125g butter at room temp, diced

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

2 eggs

¾ cup caster sugar

1 ½ cups self-raising flour

¾ cup plain yogurt

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Let’s get to it:

Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line a 14cmx21cm loaf tin with baking paper.

Put all ingredients into bowl of electric mixer and beat until light and changed in colour.

Scrape into pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before cooling completely on wire rack.

Serve as is, or make up a simple icing by mixing 2/3 cup sifted icing sugar with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and enough water to make a pouring consistency. Sprinkle over extra lemon zest.

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Lemon honey biscuits / cookies

17 Feb

ImageAt the library recently, I place where I love to hang out, I found the quirkily titled ‘The Cookiepedia’ by Stacy Adimando. This bible to cookies inspired me no end and the first recipe I road-tested was what the author called lemon chewies with honey.

Baking with lemons  produces such a wonderful aroma, and I think the smell of baking is sometimes better than eating the end product  🙂 Continue reading

Lemony cupcakes with crushed raspberry icing

10 Feb

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I had a hankering to bake something lemony this morning and trawled though pinterest, fav websites and some blogs. What caught my eye was a recipe for lemony cupcakes in the book After Toast by food writer Kate Gibbs.

Simple and light they are perfect for a morning tea when dusted with sifted icing sugar. Ms Gibbs includes a recipe for lemon icing but I instead used a crushed raspberry icing that Miss 7 had made for something she was baking [I’ll upload that recipe soon]. I then topped each cake with a single raspberry to make them look extra pretty and more suitable for the evening birthday soiree that I’ll be taking them to.

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GATHER:

125g diced butter at room temperature

¼ cup caster sugar

zest for one large lemon

2 free range eggs

2 cups self-raising flour

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LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and line cupcake tin with wrappers [this made 12 large muffins and 6 small, patty-cake size ones].

In bowl of electric mixer cream butter then add sugar until soft and combined. Add vanilla, zest then eggs one at a time.

Gently fold flour in, alternating with milk,on low speed until smooth.

Spoon into cases and bake for between 12-15 minutes/ until golden.

Remove from oven, place on wore rack and allow to cool before adding any icing.

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Donna Hay lemon syrup and coconut cake

17 Aug

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I love, love, LOVE syrup cakes. Pouring a heap of sugared water over a warm cake and letting all the sweet, sugary goodness be soaked up? Mmmm, what’s not to love? This lemon syrup cake, by my baking hero Donna Hay, is so moist and divine that one piece will not suffice. Serve it cooled, or for mega accolades, warm with cream. Don’t mind if I do…  Continue reading