Look at the flip side
Thursday March 09th 2023, 10:12 pm
Filed under: Family,Food,Garden

Four peach trees just starting to burst into bloom in sync with each other, which never happens. Just as the deluge begins. Hey honeybees, work fast for me, willya?

So, confronted with a bag of thawed cranberries from Michelle’s freezer, I reacted as one does: I baked. I used her Miyoki cultured vegan butter and skipped the baking soda in the recipe, although it probably is the one thing that needed it if anything does but given my antipathy to it nothing does, so, anyway, so I did that. I squeezed out nearly a quarter cup of Meyer lemon juice (glad to pick and use up two off that tree, so many dozens more to go) and shorted the unsweetened oat milk accordingly. (The dairy allergy thing.) I added a tablespoon of Penzey’s powdered lemon peel rather than grating the ones off the tree because Meyers may have the best lemon juice but the white pith is very bitter.

That’s my excuse for that laziness.

So those were the changes I made to the cranberry lemon cake recipe. I made 24 cupcakes out of it. 350F, 25 minutes was just right, and that brown sugar on the bottom and cranberries on top of it was heavenly.

I can only imagine how much better with real butter and buttermilk these could be, but they were very good as is and that time will come all too soon. It’s great to have her home.



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Oh, yum!

Comment by ccr in MA 03.10.23 @ 8:34 am

Have you ever tried a microplane for zest? It’s amazing and produces something completely different from the “zest” side of the cheese grater. (with zero white pith!) You have to adjust recipes, since it measures differently (if you leave the zest fluffed, it’s giant, but if you pack the zest, it has way more citrus oil per tsp than the cheese-grater zest does), but you’re no stranger to recipe adjustments. 🙂

Comment by KC 03.10.23 @ 9:21 am

Wow! You can buy powdered lemon peel?

Comment by Matilda in S 03.10.23 @ 11:04 am

Meyer lemon zest is amazing but I always use a micro plane. Strongly recommend, it is a great gadget and no bitter pith. Better, in my experience, than powdered lemon peel.

Comment by Joanne 03.10.23 @ 8:17 pm

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