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Blackberry Lemon Pudding Cakes

I made Lemon Pudding Cakes for dessert on Easter, and they were DELICIOUS!!

SO…I decided to make them again the other night when we had some friends over.  I shook it up a little and incorporate some blackberries that Maya and I picked earlier that day.Blog Blackberry lemon pudding cakes-1 Blog Blackberry lemon pudding cakes-2 Blog Blackberry lemon pudding cakes-3

What you need…

  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • large eggs (separated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice and Blackberry Juice ( just strained a handful of berries and then filled the rest of the 1/3 Cup with lemon juice 🙂
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 Teaspoons Turbinado or Some Other Coarse Sugar

What to do…

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • Place six 4-ounce ramekins into a 9×13 Pyrex dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour; set aside.
  • In a second medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and butter until combined.
  • Whisk in the milk and lemon zest and juice. Add the lemon mixture to the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt on medium-high until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In 3 additions, gently fold the egg whites into the lemon-sugar mixture.
  • Divide the pudding mixture among the ramekins (about 3/4 of a cup each). Dividing evenly, sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours if you have the time.
  • To the roasting pan, add just enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake until the tops are golden brown.  I accidentally undercooked mine at 35 minutes, and honestly the general consensus was that was a happy accident.  Original recipe says to cook for 40-45.
  • Take out of the pan and let cool on a rack.
  • Here’s what I would do again, but didn’t have time to do this time, which is why the pudding and cake aren’t as separately defined.  I refrigerated the cakes for a few hours before cooking and the pudding was creamy and the top cake was solid but moist.  Also, you can eat them right away, and it will be more like a lemon molten cake.  To each his own, but cold lemon sounded better to me. 🙂
  • Can make one large cake (probably best in an 8×8 pan).  If you do that cook for 30-35 minutes.

For reference, here’s what the original lemon cakes looked like that I refrigerated for a few hours before baking.  A definite distinction between the pudding and the cake.  Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-3Either way…still so good!

Enjoy!!  We did! 🙂dit-elle-Lauren

Lemon Pudding Cakes

We made these for dessert on Easter, and they were SO GOOD!!!  While I wouldn’t call these necessarily healthy, they really were surprisingly light and refreshing!  The flavor was amazing too!

I acctually tore this recipe from my Real Simple magazine back in April of 2012.  Yes…I still collect and keep magazine tear outs (even in this Pinterest driven day!!)  I didn’t deviate from the original recipe with the exception of accidentally undercooking them-which I will do again when I make them next time.  It was a huge hit.Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-1 Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-2If this next image doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will!  And those cute little fingers?  Maya was such a good assistant! Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-3

What you need…

  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • large eggs (separated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 Teaspoons Turbinado or Some Other Coarse Sugar

What to do…

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • Place six 4-ounce ramekins into a 9×13 Pyrex dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour; set aside.
  • In a second medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and butter until combined.
  • Whisk in the milk and lemon zest and juice. Add the lemon mixture to the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt on medium-high until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In 3 additions, gently fold the egg whites into the lemon-sugar mixture.
  • Divide the pudding mixture among the ramekins (about 3/4 of a cup each). Dividing evenly, sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-4
  • I chose to refrigerate mine for a few hours, but you don’t have to.  If you do, the batter will separate, like above, and the end result will be that creamy pudding at the base, and light fluffy cake on top.  If you don’t have time, the separation will be less noticeable, but still delicious!!  Seen in a slightly different variation when I had less time here. 🙂
  • To the roasting pan, add just enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake until the tops are golden brown.  I accidentally undercooked mine at 35 minutes, and honestly the general consensus was that was a happy accident.  Original recipe says to cook for 40-45.
  • Take out of the pan and let cool on a rack.Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-5
  • I refrigerated mine for a few hours after cooking and the pudding was firm and the top cake was moist.  You can eat them right away, and it will be more like a lemon molten cake.  To each his own, but cold lemon sounded better to me. 🙂
  • Can make one large cake (probably best in an 8×8 pan).  If you do that cook for 30-35 minutes.

You can find the original recipe here.

Enjoy!!  We did! 🙂Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-6dit-elle-Lauren

Lemon and Lime Juicing Tips

Making holiday cocktails with lemon or lime juice? Here’s a quick tip on juicing. First, get yourself a lemon squeezer. Not fancy, you can get a decent one for around $10. They come with single or double ‘bowls’. The double fits a lemon and lime separately, but single works fine!

Once you are ready to do some juicing, slice the lemon in half and instead of placing it into the bowl peel side down, simply turn it cut side down. Now when you press the handles together, the juice will not spray everywhere. Seems obvious now, but it wasn’t at first, so I wanted to pass this little tip along to make your juicing one step less sticky! 🙂

More festive cocktail recipes forthcoming. Have a great rest of 2015!

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dit-elle-Esther

Lemon Basil Cookies

My basil plant has been loving the heat wave in Seattle and growing like crazy! These lemon basil cookies are great for breakfast or as a quick snack – keep in the freezer for a yummy cold paleo cookie treat! Grain free, dairy free, soy free, egg free! Blog Basil lemon paleo cookies-2 Blog Basil lemon paleo cookies-1 Ingredients

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions

  • Combine almond flour and baking soda in a food processor
  • Pulse in coconut butter, honey, basil, and lemon zest
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down to flatten
  • Bake at 350° for 6-10 minutes
  • Cool for 2 hours
  • Serve or freeze for an easy protein rich snack!

Inspired and modified. Thanks Elanaspantry.com dit-elle-Esther

Paleo Lemon Bars

When life gives you.. lemons? Paleo lemon bars (pure deliciousness) to the rescue! These are a perfect cool summer dessert. Crowd pleasers and a great protein rich, not too sweet, not too tart dessert.

These did not last very long in my house.. just a warning, they are super yummy! 🙂

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Crust

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or sesame flour if allergic to nuts)
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil (warmed if solid)
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

Filling

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (warmed if solid)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix almond flour, tapioca flour, raw honey and lemon zest in a food processor until a crumbly dough forms
  • Press into the bottom of an 8×8 glass baking dish
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes
  • To make filling, whisk eggs in a medium mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the lemon juice and tapioca flour until fully combined.
  • Whisk lemon mixture and eggs together, being careful to not over-whisk
  • Whisk in the raw honey
  • Pour filling over crust
  • Place in oven and let bake for ~25 minutes or until just set (firm on outside, a little wiggly in center)
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool, refrigerate until set, about 4 hours

Thanks for the inspiration http://www.paleocupboard.com/lemon-bars.html

dit-elle-Esther

Lemon Pudding Parfait

Lemon Pudding Parfait anyone? Protein rich and paleo! Top with some chilled whipped cream for some not so paleo but oh so delicious goodness!

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Ingredients

  • 12 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup agave nectar or honey
  • pinch celtic sea salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream or use a can of whipped cream to top the pudding – this will give a little extra sweetener (if you so desire) and is a little time saver! You could also drizzle with some coconut milk for a great dairy free option.

Directions

  • Place egg yolks, agave, and salt in a medium sauce pan
  • While heating over very low flame, whip with a hand blender for 6-8 minutes, then whip in lemon juice
  • Chill for a half an hour
  • If pudding separates, whip with hand blender for 1-2 minutes, until fluffy again
  • Whip cream in a separate bowl
  • Serve in small glasses, alternating layers of pudding and whipped cream
  • Garnish with berries

Serves 4

Thanks Elana’s Pantry! http://elanaspantry.com/lemon-pudding-parfait/

dit-elle-Esther

Lemon Almond Shortbread Cake aka…HEAVEN in your mouth!

Here’s another favorite from my childhood, before anyone ever uttered Paleo or Whole30 :).

It is in no way healthy, but again…worth every caloric bite.  I mean, what’s life without the occasional indulgence??  BORING 😉 Blog Lemon Almond Layer Shortbread Cake-3Blog Lemon Almond Layer Shortbread Cake-4Ingredients

Crust/Topping

  • 2 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Soft Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg

Filling

  • 1 Cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1 Egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 and grease a 9 or 10 inch spring form pan
  • Mix crust on low either in mixer or cuisinart til it forms a ball.
  • Divide dough in half.  Spread 1/2 in the bottom of the pan.  Put other half in the refrigerator.
  • Toss almonds in Cuisinart until finely chopped (or buy pre diced almonds).  Toss the rest of the ingredients in and blend.
  • Spread filling over crust to within a 1/2 inch of the edge.
  • Press remaining dough on waxed paper to 9 or 10 inch circle.  Place over filling and press into place.
  • Place foil underneath pan and bake for 55-60 minutes until edges get light brown.  It will leak all over your oven if you don’t.
  • Cool for at least 15 minutes.  It keeps really well, so I even make it the night before I want to eat it, and it’s still dense and moist.  YUM!!!  Serve all on it’s own, or with yogurt or ice cream and some fresh fruit!  ENJOY!dit-elle-Lauren