Monday, May 2, 2022

Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

Recipe for a moist, buttery loaf cake, flavored with Meyer lemon juice and zest and topped with a Meyer lemon glaze.

I am a sucker for interesting citrus fruit so, when I see it, I need to try it. That's how I first experienced Meyer lemons, years ago and they immediately became a favorite ingredient.

Recipe for a moist, buttery loaf cake, flavored with Meyer lemon juice and zest and topped with a Meyer lemon glaze.

Is there really a big difference between Meyer lemons and the regular grocery store ones we see every day? Yes! The difference is quite noticeable. Meyers are a cross between standard lemons and mandarin oranges. That accounts for their more dark yellow/orange tint and their sweeter flavor. Although they do have a tang, the acidity is far less than a regular lemon and the taste is much less harsh.

Recipe for a moist, buttery loaf cake, flavored with Meyer lemon juice and zest and topped with a Meyer lemon glaze.

You can definitely make this cake with regular lemons and you'll have a delicious, tart dessert. But if you can find the Meyer lemons, they are worth trying. You'll notice that the flavor of the cake and the glaze is much less harsh while still giving you that fresh citrus tang. Enjoy!

Recipe for a moist, buttery loaf cake, flavored with Meyer lemon juice and zest and topped with a Meyer lemon glaze.

Tip:  I find the easiest way to ensure my cake comes out of the loaf pan easily is to rub the inside with the butter wrapper after I've added the butter to my mixer. Then I cut a swatch of parchment paper and use the butter to stick it down. Two binder clips keep the flaps down so that I can easily transfer my batter to the pan. Just take the clips off before putting the pan into the oven.

Yield: 8
Author: Anita Schecter
Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
Recipe for a moist, buttery loaf cake, flavored with Meyer lemon juice and zest and topped with a Meyer lemon glaze.

Ingredients

For the Loaf Cake:
  • 1 Stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7 oz. Container plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 Meyer lemons
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
For the Meyer Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Meyer lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and either butter and flour a standard loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Add the unsalted butter and granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and cream together for a few minutes. You can also do this with a hand mixer.
  3. Beat in the eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla, Meyer lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 45 - 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before glazing.
  6. To make the Meyer lemon glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, Meyer lemon juice, zest and salt until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled loaf cake.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Cadbury Crème Egg Cocktail

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail made with cream de cacao, milk and Cadbury crème eggs.

I know I'm not alone in my obsession with Cadbury Crème Eggs, right? While I can resist most Easter candy, these eggs have had a hold on me forever. I watch the store shelves as spring arrives, waiting for the first batch to show up. And we won't discuss how many I've bought and eaten.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe for moist, carrot cake cupcakes filled and topped with maple cream cheese frosting.

For years I would say that carrot cake was not my first choice for dessert. I never ordered it at a restaurant and would be disappointed if that was the only sweet treat on a table. Clearly I just never had good carrot cake. Until now.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Chocolate Chip Tahini Swirl Cookies

Recipe for thick, chocolate chip cookies with a sweet tahini swirl.

Do we need another chocolate chip cookie recipe? Yes, of course we do. Because this one includes some nutty sesame paste both in the batter and swirled on top of the cookies while they bake.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Smoked Gouda and Thyme Soda Bread

Recipe for Irish soda bread flavored with grated smoked gouda cheese and fresh thyme.

I decided a while back that I loved soda bread way too much to wait for St. Patrick's Day to make it. Because it has no yeast and requires no kneading or rising time, it's as fast and easy to make as a sweet quick bread.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Pink Grapefruit Bourbon Crusta

Bourbon cocktail flavored with maraschino cherry liqueur, pink grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and bitters. Served in a sugar encrusted glass.

There's so much I love about this drink. The pink grapefruit that I can never resist. The thick sugared rim of the glass. The well balanced flavors of this variation on an old cocktail.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Bacon and Cheddar Potato Soup

Recipe for a creamy soup made with potatoes, chicken stock, milk and cheddar cheese, served with crispy bacon.

Spring may be just a few weeks away but I'm still bundled up in layers and living that all soup, all the time lifestyle. I actually love soup year round but diving into a hot bowl of it when I get home from the cold is just pure comfort.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe for tender chocolate cupcakes, filled and frosted with a strawberry cream cheese frosting.

I take issue with most cupcake sizing. Yes, mini cupcakes or even regular small ones are much better for me but they are not satisfying. They don't feel like a whole dessert but I don't want to take a second one. If I'm going to indulge, I want a large cupcake! And so that's what I made.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Fried Yuca Balls

Recipe for panko coated and fried balls of cassava root (yuca) mashed and stuffed with cheese.

One beautiful April day, we drove upstate to meet our puppy and then had lunch at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Our meal was insanely good, filled with memorable dishes of the tenderest short ribs and fried yucca balls. It was my first time tasting yuca (cassava root) and it was love at first bite.