Baking with Julia’s Lemon Loaf Cake, as everyone noted, was simplicity itself. However, no one mentioned how hard it would be to find cake flour, nor did the simple list of ingredients include a reminder NOT to forget to add the cooled melted butter (thankfully, the cake had only been in the oven for one minute when I discovered said cooled butter and added it, quickly, as the recipe instructs).
The minor details of my woes were nothing compared to the heavenly aroma of this cake baking. Spring in a bottle, and if I could create an app that would let my readers smell my kitchen, I’d be wealthy. Gorilla Girl walked into the kitchen and exclaimed, “That smells so good! When can we eat it?” Gorilla Girl also insisted that the dandelions would look great with the lemon cake — thankfully, she didn’t want to eat them with the cake! Instead, we smeared our cake with lemon curd.
It must have been a permutation of spring house cleaning (or maybe it was that lemon scent forcing me to relive spring cleaning dramas of my youth), because I went on a baking and cooking spree that included making use of the foods of spring. I made asparagus and crab soup from Andrea Nguyen’s Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, and used up the denuded lemons by incorporating their juice into Lemon Curd from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.
Further evidence of spring can be found in Monkey Man and Gorilla Girl’s joyful play on our first beach trip of the season.
Lemon loaf cake is fragrant and sunny enough to remind us of the pure joys of spring.
When do you have te time…I am amazed by all you do in a day! Also I love love all that is lemon and next time this is baking call me! XO!
Hey Ei, Baked on Sunday. I still have half a lemon loaf, so come on over!
Love, love, love the dandelions and especially enjoyed the forgetting of ingredients! It seems to happen to me as well. Have fun at the park, Gorilla Girl!
Thanks! I am sure GG will have a blast this spring.
It looks good, glad you like it.
I love that you added lemon curd as well. Yum!
I didn’t read the recipe carefully the first time and missed all the room temperature instructions too! Mine still turned out great…
I love how forgiving some of these recipes are, even when they seem persnickety on the surface.
We had a Lovely Lemons class last week at the store and made lemon curd and it was TO DIE FOR! I wish I had thought to make some to put on my lemon loaf! Yours looks delicious!
Thanks, it was better than I had hoped, and we’re still eating it.
I did exactly what you did and used the recipe from AMFT for the lemon curd. It was lovely with the cake. I also am with Gorilla Girl on the subject of dandelions – they’re underappreciated!
Hah, yes, and next I should make dandelion wine, or something! Glad you liked the curd, too. Great minds….
Looks very yummy! I hate when I almost forget to add an ingredient!
I won’t expound on my love of lemon curd here – but brilliant idea.
And I kind of like dandelions – sometimes, they are the only spot of color out there 🙂
Nice post. I love homemade lemon curd.
the cake looks great, as do the dandelions! please tell Gorilla Girl they are the perfect yellow!
Gorilla Girl has great design sense. Dandelions are a cheery sign of spring, and a perfect complement to lemon cake.