Tuesday, February 5, 2013

crowded kitchen: meyer lemon pudding cake

my oldest child is a lemon fanatic.

he chews them. he sucks them down to the rind. he covets them. he plots to steal them from neighborhood backyards when we see them growing on trees.

 it's almost kinda strange, but thankfully i love lemons, too. i should rename this "boy wonder cake" for as much as he goes bananas (or lemons, ha!) over it.

meyer lemons are just coming into season here in houston and i picked up a one pound bag for about $2.50. I still have four of these beauties on the counter, just begging for some awesome recipe.

despite the seventy-two bowls it takes, the cake is simple and not ingredient heavy... you just gotta decide you don't mind filling an entire dishwasher with bowls of every imaginable size.

according to my weight watcher points, it totals to about 6 points plus. not exactly cheap, but, hey, it's amazing and it's indulgent and if you plan your day (or week) accordingly, it's so doable.

someday i'll tinker around and see if i can lighten it.

but not today.

 not today...

boy wonder's mega-awesome meyer lemon pudding cake


3 Meyer Lemons (from this, you'll need 2 tsp zest and about 1/3 c of lemon juice, so go ahead and do that work before you start the baking process)

3/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

3 large eggs, separated

1 c. milk (i used 2 percent, i wouldn't go lower than that) at room temperature

4 Tbs. butter, melted and cooled


1. preheat oven to 300 degrees. butter and prepare an 8 by 8 baking dish.

2 . get your zest and juice together and set aside in a small bowl.

3. in a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients and set aside.

4. in another bowl (yes, we're up to three now...four if you've separated your eggs!), mix yolks, milk, butter, zest, and juice. combine with dry ingredients and stir well.

5. bust out your hand held mixer and attack those egg whites until they're at the soft peak stage. fold into your batter gently and in smallish batches (i did it in three).

6. bake 35 to 45 minutes until just set in center. serve warm.

...happy lemons!...


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