Apparently I am into lemon flavor. This is not the first lemon recipe I have posted here. If you love anything with lemon, be sure to check out the recipes at the end of this post, it includes double lemon cupcakes, pavlova with lemon curd, the classic lemon tartelette from France and other treats. Well, maybe I should clarify, I love lemon flavor, but my husband is obsessed with it. So that’s why I decided to go with yet another lemon recipe: Lemon Meringue Pie!
This year for Easter I decided to prepare something dreamy and airy. What better option than to go with pavlova? I went for a pavlova with lemon curd and fresh fruits. Never heard of pavlova? According to my research this dish is seen as the national dish of either Australia or New Zealand, both countries are still fighting about that. In the 1920’s the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited both countries and this dish was invented in her honor. It contains a meringue base, which usually has the shape of a nest and is filled with whipped cream and fresh fruits.
OK, I have to say something heretical. The letter or number cakes as you can see here have disappointed me. Yes, you read right. I expected something as good as my beloved sponge roll with strawberry cream, at least if you make the cakes with sponge cake. The strawberry cream is a dream come true with a fluffy and light sponge cake. It has this light feeling to it, I expected this light feeling when I took my first bite from below letter cakes. And then I was disappointed. As I made rather narrow letters, the dough tasted crunchy, gooey, just not good. Even though I was happy about the additional fresh fruits, the better ratio of cream versus sponge cake, I was not happy. I wanted my favorite roll! I was depressed.
These letter and number cakes were started by Adi Klinghofer on Instagram (she has a wide consortium of letter cakes). Her cake caught fire on Pinterest and soon were imitated by others. If you make letters cakes, you will generate clicks. But that is definitely NOT the reason why I wanted to post. Most definitely not!
I love meringue. I got to love meringue at a very late stage. Maybe because I feel meringue doesn’t play a very important role in the baking industry. But even though it was late love, this meringue topped off with berries and whipped cream is a fairy dream. Easy to prepare (can be prepared easily in advance), wonderful to look at and once you take the first bite, you will be in heaven, melts in your mouth and has a nice tangy aftertaste due to the berries. Really a fairy dream!
I think I have mentioned that Germans aren’t that much into cookies. Especially not in summer. But when I brought these Summer Lemon Cookies to work the other day, they were gone within minutes. Even I was a little surprised. Maybe it was because they are full of lemon flavor and you can definitely taste the cream cheese. Since they are rolled in sugar before baking, they have a nice crunchy touch, but are soft in the center. I don’t know. But what I do know is that these cookies are really easy to prepare and do NOT need to sit in the fridge to develop their flavor. You can whip them up in about 20 minutes from start to finish.
If you are more of a chocolate person, you may enjoy these Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Pour about 50 grams of regular sugar in a small container. Set aside. Cream the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer for about two minutes, then add 100 grams of sugar and mix one more minute. Add the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and either mix on low or using a wooden spoon until combined. Roll balls of dough in the size of a walnut and roll in prepared sugar afterwards. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies will flatten out slightly. Gently press down each cookie with the bottom part of a glass. Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Cookies can be kept in an air-tight container for a few days.
Summer Lemon Cookies
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a medium-size bowl. Set aside.
Pour about 50 grams of regular sugar in a small container. Set aside.
Cream the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer for about two minutes, then add 100 grams of sugar and mix one more minute. Add the egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and either mix on low or using a wooden spoon until combined.
Roll balls of dough in the size of a walnut and roll in prepared sugar afterwards. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cookies will flatten out slightly. Gently press down each cookie with the bottom part of a glass. Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until very lightly browned on the edges. Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Cookies can be kept in an air-tight container for a few days.
I am taking this cookie also to the link party Fiesta Friday.
So which cookie is your favorite in summer?
It’s summer! Officially! So I need something fast, something refreshing and also something healthy. That’s why I invented this frozen strawberry cake, which can be done in less than 15 minutes. It is pleasing to the eye and everybody will love it, I promise. It may be one of your new go-to recipes. I at least have it stored as a new favorite. I honestly was surprised. I usually don’t invent cakes. I like to change recipes to me liking, I like to alter them. But start one from scratch? I don’t know what happened, but for some reason I just felt like throwing some strawberries together and hope for the best. I usually don’t mind following a recipe, but this time it was just an impluse reaction, why not mix strawberries with some crunchy almonds? I took quite a risk there, because this cake was a birthday cake for a friend of mine. And since he likes strawberries and since it is summer, I came up with this beauty.
Don’t you hate pies that are mushy and have half of their goodness spilling onto your plate while it is being served? I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like that. If you have ever tried a squishy rhubarb pie, you know what I mean. But look no further, I found the perfect solution for this. In is really simple: instant vanilla pudding! If you chill this pie properly, you will have an amazing rhubarb filling (lots of it, almost one kilogram!), which combines nicely with the meringue. Is that a German thing? To put meringue on top of rhubarb? Not sure, but who cares. It is so yummy! You should definitely try it. I really love this nice combination. It looks so impressive and tastes even better.
I love lemon. I always have. I like the smell, the taste, the color. Probably one of the reasons why I chose a lemon tart as my first blog entry. The good thing is that my husband also loves lemon. He is the citric guy anyway. He also enjoys oranges, limes, and grapefruit. The whole package. Even more the reason to try a recipe with a citric fruit. Why not go with a lemon recipe? So here I was looking for something lemony and then I found a delicious lemon cupcake recipe on an Austrian blog. From Kevin who owns the site Law of Baking (German) and who posted this delicious recipe as a guest on the site Ginger in the Basement (in German).
Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover egg whites? Meringue is my new solution for leftover egg whites. Meringue is so versatile and it goes with almost everything because it has a rather subtle flavor. The best part of it is that you only need a litte sugar to create it.
I love to bake with others. Just knowing that somebody else is doing the same thing as me in their kitchen, I don’t know, it gets me excited. For that reason I am part of many baking groups. If you know anyone in Hamburg, Germany who loves to bake, please contact me and let me know.
Needless to say that when Sally, a famous food blogger from the U.S. started her monthly baking challenge, I was very happy to join. I was especially happy when she decided that the May challenge was to include strawberries (any fruit makes me happy, but berries are the best) and a sponge roll. If you would like to learn more about her baking challenge, check it out here. Continue Reading…