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Friday, September 23, 2011

Baking With Lemons and Limes

Barbie is looking extra cool today in her halter-top citrus dress.  It puts me in the mood for something tangy and refreshing.
My mother always made this for her adult company.  It’s straight from the 1950’s. My version of the re-created recipe now serves 16, but I couldn’t change the name.(Page 22 CR)
4 egg whites
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup granulated sugar
Whip whites until frothy, add cream of tartar.  Add sugar one tablespoon at a time to form a very stiff meringue.  Spread in a 9x13 glass pan and bake at 300˚ for one hour.  Cool.
18 egg yolks
2¼ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, until thick. Strain and add:
2 tablespoons butter  
You will need 8 large lemons. Add:
12 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated
Cool, then put on top of cook meringue and top with whipped cream.  Refrigerate.
I’ve never been that big a fan of Key Lime Pie, but a friend requested a recipe without the sweetened condensed milk.  So, here is my take on key lime that will serve a large group.  This will also freeze well. (Page 107 Chocolate Rehab)
1½ cups granulated sugar
cup flour
4½ tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups water
Combine in saucepan and cook for two minutes.  Blend a little of the hot mixture into:
5 egg yolks
Stir to warm the yolks.  Then gradually add the yolks to the saucepan.  Cook about 8 minutes, until thickened.  Strain the mixture and add:
2 tablespoons butter
cup key lime juice
¼ teaspoon lime oil or lime extract
⅛ teaspoon key lime zest, finely grated
Cool completely.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
Cream the sugar and butter.  Add eggs one at a time.
4 eggs
3 teaspoons key lime juice
½ teaspoon key lime zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon lime oil or extract
½ teaspoon green food coloring, optional
Add dry ingredients:
2cups flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons buttermilk powder
Combine ingredients and slowly add:
1 cup water
Mix until smooth.  Grease 3 Maryann pans* and divide batter among them.  Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.  Cool for ten minutes and remove from pan.  Allow to cool completely. 
Divide filling equally and place in the indentation on top of each cake.  Refrigerate.
* Maryann pans are available through King Arthur.  If you don't own a similiar pan with an indention formed in the top, you can always use 8-inch cake pans and hollow out about 1/3 inch of the top of each cake, leaving a 1/2 inch border at the full height to hold the filling.

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