Friday, January 15, 2010

Lemons Lemons Lemons

I got up early today to help Jamie look at some more apartments. It was less eventful then it was a week or so ago. The second time always is. First time you look you get to see what is available, the second time you are trying to make a serious decision. Apartment hunting can be a brutal process.

Shortly after my last post I still was feeling slightly unproductive. Should I work on the house? Nah! No one wants to read about that! I made a great little lemon cake with some amazing lemon glaze. I placed it on my newest thrift store acquisition. A super cute teal plate that would make Jamie proud.

Lemon Cake

3 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup of oil
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 teaspoons of lemon zest

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients starting with the oil and ending with the lemon juice. There will be some bubbling, do not be alarmed. Mix until all the lumps are out, our into a greased 9x9 baking pan and bake for 45 minutes. Use the toothpick test in the center to see if the cake is complete.

Lemon Glaze

2 cups of confectionery sugar
1/2 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of lemon extract
1 teaspoon of lemon zest

In a mixing bowl, add the sugar and lemon juice and mix well. Add the zest and extract and mix well. If the glaze is too thick, add more lemon juice. If the glaze is too runny, add more sugar.


Oraphan said...

Oh Wow! I'm so impressed with the look of your lemon cake! I love this simple recipe. You did such a fantastic job on the lemon glaze!

miss v said...

i've never had lemon cake before, but it looks tasty. in a way, you're making your house more homey by cooking in it... there is always time to fix stuff up later!

Jamie said...

Teal! Hey I think I might like that plate, but all I can see is the cake! haha Thank you for helping me look at all the scary apartments. :)

kmouse said...

Damn! That looks good! I'm having tea today with my cousins and that would have been perfect.

Sarah S. said...

Ah! You are killing me with this lemon cake. I am taking a break from sugar for a 10-day cleanse, and sugary lemon goodness is my Achilles heel! I suppose I can wait 10-days.. hmmph!

Oh, and about the queso dip, I used raw cashews and soaked them overnight. Also try fire roasted tomatoes to amp up the flavor a notch. SOOO tasty.

Jes said...

What a perfect way to brighten up any day! I love the winter citrus cake!

Anonymous said...

the mention of the teal plate reminded me of a poem i like. i don't know how you feel about poetry, but here it is... hope you like it.

by May Justus

Applesause is sweeter in a bowl that's white and pink.
Bread and milk is nicer in a blue one, so I think,
Any food is flavored by the twinkle in the spoon.
Yes, there is a difference, you'll find it very soon. Even if you're hungry, and your dinner's rather late
Bread and butter's better if it's on a flowered plate.
Prunes are very plain, I know, but oh, how much I wish
Every child could eat them from a shining yellow dish.