Tuesday, January 20, 2009

TWD: Meyer Lemon Surprise


This week's selected recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was Berry Surprise Cake.  The story behind the recipe is a sweet one, evoking memories of one of Dorie's favorite childhood treats, Charlotte Russe. But berries are out of season here, and the ones to be found are expensive and probably tasteless.  What is in season, and on my must-try ingredient list, (actually, on my how-have-I-gone-so-long-without-trying-ingredient-list) is meyer lemons.  At the same price point per pound as a pint of chilean blueberries, this was a no-brainer. 

I stayed true to Dorie and used her recipe for lemon curd, and layered it with the filling and rounds of cake, trifle style. I was afraid that filling the center of the cake with the curd, as she calls for with the berries, would make it too soggy.  

I decorated the top with a sunburst pattern.  Today it can symbolize the hope our country goes forward with as we inaugurate our new president.  There's a lot of excitement in the air here in Philadelphia.  Perhaps I'll whip up another batch of these to celebrate tonight.

Check out the original recipe as chosen by Maryanne of Meet Me In The Kitchen on her blog, or in Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking, from my home to yours. Check out the rest of the Tuesdays with Dorie Bakers here


15 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Wow! I love the way you decorated it. Meyer lemon curd sounds wonderful.

Julia said...

That looks delicious!

karen said...

oh wow, absolutely gorgeous!

SiHaN said...

now that really is a burst of colors all over the screen. stunning!

Jennifer said...

Happy Inauguration Day!
Your Meyer Lemon Surprise looks lovely. I love lemon curd and what a creative idea!

SUGAR B said...

HAHA! I love your domain name! You are sooooo my blog friend. :)

I had to buy frozen Trader Joe's berries in order to make these and they weren't very good.

Lemon sounds so much better. I always wanted a Meyer lemon tree.

Hope you saved me some! They look fantastic with that design, too.

Nina Timm said...

I can feel the tinkle in my cheeks from the tartness of this dessert, yum!!!!

chocolatechic said...

What an absolutely brilliant idea.

The cake and filling need something bold like that.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Looks fabulous! I recently tried Meyer Lemons for the first time in cupcakes. Yum!

Mom said...

Lauren

I love lemon merringe so I am sure I will like this. Great idea vs using berries that are flat. What were the sites that featured this recipe. You should mentione them

Love

Mom

jillian said...

This looks so cheerful and pretty!

Hillary said...

I absolutely adore meyer lemons and your meyer lemon curd looks great! Last year I made a lemon meringue pie out of meyer lemons and it tasted pretty darn good.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Absolutely, over-the-top-amazing!!!!

Abby said...

this post is blowin up the internet!

The Food Librarian said...

Soooo lovely!!! It is captures the hopeful and bright future of our country! :)