We have a saying in my house, "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Seriously, sometimes we can't get a break, ever, financially that is. Living from pay check to pay check is such a drag especially at our age, but we've made sacrifices in our life so this is what we chose. "It's not a sacrifice unless you sacrifice." Yes we live this everyday.
Enough of my self pity and on to lemon's. They are in season now and we have vowed not to buy lemons. This is because we have at least three friends with lemon tree's, including a Meyer lemon tree, so we are well supplied.
We received a generous bag of lemons, While I was away in Salt Lake City for the AltSummit they were starting to really ripen (next step is green mold). Upon my return I went to the recipe books and idea's.
top of the supply of lemons we received a gift of mini loaf pans, a
Madeleine pan and a few other baking goodies. All my friends know I love
to bake, plus they know I usually give more then half of it away. I
like the process of baking, it's relaxing. I love to have a movie on in
the background and the smells bring up good childhood memories.
Here's a few of my recipe's and images from my lemon baking Super Bowl Sunday. No chilli cheese, mini-burgers or seven layer dips this night. This lemon cake was adapted from Ina Garten's recipe on the Food Network. Only difference is I added in the full 3/4 lemon juice to the cake, I'd do it again, it was a good mistake. I just requires you to juice more lemons. Also I used 5 mini loaf pans so it would be cuter and easier to give away.
Soaked Lemon cakes on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet underneath, easier to clean up.
Next on my list to bake were Madeleine's. I'm kind of addicted to these tasty morsels. While they turn out spongy, I will continue to explore a crunchy version of these goodies. For this recipe I like to use Martha Stewart's, this is from her cookbook.
I couldn't find it online to link to, so the recipe is below with my added notes. Difference is I added 1 Tbsp of lemon zest and 1/4 tsp of almond extract. This recipe makes 36 Madeleines.
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled.
Madeleines and Lemon loaves packed and ready for delivery to my friends.