Lemon Loaf Cake

Lemon Loaf Cake

I am so excited to share this recipe with you, especially because I’m eating it as I write this and it’s making me happy. Seriously, the lemon zing will wake you up, the moist cake will cheer you up, and the sun will start shining again! That’s what happened when I ate it today, anyways. Continue reading “Lemon Loaf Cake”

Fruit Tart with Vanilla Custard

Fruit Tart

After my mom told me that my dad had drank all their cream with his cereal (he has a high metabolism, luckily), I tried this recipe out with no cream and fewer egg yolks. It turned out perfectly, so consider it a lower-fat version! It still tasted exactly the same, too. The crust is soft, tender, melts in your mouth and yet is strong enough to hold up the smooth, creamy custard filling that tastes like the best vanilla pudding in the world. Top it off with any kind of fruit you want, though I prefer berries for their color and tartness.

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Lemon Meringue Pie is my dad’s obsession. After making him at least a half-dozen pies, I made some cupcakes instead. I made an italian meringue to prevent weeping after I did a ton of research on why meringues weep (basically, they don’t get cooked because they don’t get hot enough from baking in the oven). Italian meringue tastes more like marshmallow to me, but it held up great for several days.

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Maui Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

Macadamia Shortbread Cookies

I asked my parents what treats they’d like me to whip up one Friday, since I was coming home that weekend (I live about 3 hours away from them). They know better than to just say “whatever you make is fine” and gave me some perfect requests. “Something shortbread-ish or muffins” was Mom’s request and “something to go with Hawaiian coffee” was Dad’s request. I honestly love these kind of requests. They’re vague enough where I can play around in the kitchen a bit but specific enough to narrow my experiments. Mom and Dad eat pretty healthy and love homemade treats. We had all been to Maui in January, so these cookies were a hit!

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