|A Little Chocolate Makes Anything Better|
Recipe adapted from Cooking by the Seasons
One of the best things about winter in Santa Cruz, at least for foodies, is Meyer lemons. They grow abundantly throughout the county, and chances are someone at your work, among your friends, or in your rock band has a tree. If that’s the case, sooner or later you’ll get to share the wealth. A cross between the standard Eureka lemon and a mandarin, they are more fragrant and sweet than the Eurekas. This sweet bit of sunshine in the midst of winter is perfect for baked goods.
The original recipe contains ½ cup finely chopped walnuts, added to the batter last. I prefer the cake’s smoothness without the nuts, but would consider adding about ¼ cup poppy seeds to the mix. Evaporated cane juice is my standard choice of sugar, and I would not substitute anything heavier, since this cake has a delicate lightness despite being rather dense with butter, sour cream, and eggs. I substituted fat free sour cream, which worked out beautifully. This recipe requires about 2 large lemons.
|With Honey-Preserved Raspberries and Chocolate|
You can make this cake with regular Eureka lemons, as Ms. Allrich does, if you don’t have Meyer lemons.
serves about 10
1 cup butter
1 cup evaporated cane juice or other sugar
4 large eggs
1½ tbsp. Meyer lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2 ½ cups unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ fresh lemon juice
½ cup sugar
lemon zest or lemon slices, optional garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9” x 11” (large) loaf pan or an 8-9” tube pan.
In large mixing bowl, cream the butter. Add 1 cup sugar and cream together. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in lemon zest, vanilla, and sour cream.
In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 – 55 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven, and allow it to cool on a rack for 5 minutes.
While cake is cooling, make glaze: combine lemon juice and ½ cup sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer sauce, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, or until it begins to look like syrup. When bubbles start getting bigger and mounding up, it’s syrup!
Shake cake to loosen it from sides of pan. Immediately pour or spoon on hot glaze, generously covering entire surface.
Allow cake to cool completely then remove from pan to cake plate. Garnish with lemon zest or lemon slices if desired.
|Glaze is Not Syrup Yet|
|Glaze is Syrup: Stop Heating and Put Onto Cake|