Friday, 29 April 2011

Her results - Courgette Cake with Crunchy Lemon Glaze

It's breakfast time as I type this, and I wish I had a piece of this cake to eat. Unfortunately it was several weeks ago when I baked this, and there's nothing remotely like it within hand's reach. But to be honest, this cake doesn't fall squarely into the category of cake that's acceptable for breakfast. But don't the ingredients look so healthy(-ish)?

I used my micro-plane grater on my zucchini (aka courgette). It worked well but took a while. If I bake this cake again, I'll attempt to use the fine grating attachment on my food processor. At any rate, the cake was very simple to pull together. I baked it for 45 minutes and the results were perfect.

While it was cooling, I juiced my lemons. Lucky for me, I had a great juicer on hand. My friends had been over the day before and we made palomas, and Courtney had left her wonderful tool at my place. This juicer makes the job a snap. [[Fantastic news: Courtney gave me one of these tools for my birthday. Yay!!! Thanks, C!]

I glazed my cake over my kitchen sink for quick clean-up.

I didn't get a good picture of the finished cake, but I'll admit that I've seen prettier. When sliced, though, the cake looks nice and tastes wonderful.

I couldn't taste the courgette, which wasn't surprising, but I was a little surprised by how strongly the cake tasted of spices. That's not a criticism, but I wonder whether the cake might be even nicer with a little less of each spice. The crunchy lemon glaze was fantastic. I will definitely use it again. All in all, this is a great cake that and I suggest baking it. It's a perfect way to use up some of the bumper crop of squash that we're soon to have.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

His results - Courgette Cake with Crunchy Lemon Glaze

This was a really, really quick recipe to make. At least for me it was. We baked these on the same day but separately. I'd guess it only took me 1/3 the time it did her.

It really is a wonderful cake. Exceedingly moist, a lovely rounded flavour with a lovely note from the toasted almonds. took one of them in to work and it disappeared almost instantly. I enjoyed it so much I whipped up a second batch later that week. I certainly won't be the last either!

Bake this cake!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Recipe 47 - Courgette Cake with Crunchy Lemon Glaze

I've had this bookmarked for ages. I actually just looked through the list of recipe titles and picked the one that looked nicest. I was kind of cross to realise it was another David Lebovitz recipe!

I hate to become predictable and keep posting his recipes but damn, he does a good job!

The recipe is here, the ingredient list is below! I took the liberty of correcting the title by removing the Americanism ;)

135g almonds, pecans, or walnuts, toasted

280g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
3 large eggs, at room temperature
350g cups sugar
250ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
300g finely grated courgette

For the lemon glaze:

60ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
65g granulated sugar
140g powdered (confectioner’s) sugar

Her results - Butterscotch Pudding

He made this twice this week, and I wanted to make it twice this week! This is a great pudding recipe. It was smooth, creamy and sweet, just like I was hoping when I chose the recipe. The bourbon I added, while just two teaspoons, added a subtle yet distinct whiskey flavor. Since I love bourbon this was right up my alley, but those who don't love it might want to knock it back to one teaspoon.

The only downside to this pudding is that it isn't very pretty ungarnished. I didn't mind since I made it for personal consumption, but if I was serving this to others I'd have to add whipped cream and sprinkles of chocolate shavings.

Friday, 1 April 2011

His results - Butterscotch Pudding

I think it says everything that I made this twice this week. The second time I put it in some nice tall glasses with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. I should have taken a picture of that batch!

Anyway. Totally delicious. About 15 minutes active time. Dangerously simple!
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