Friday, February 20, 2009

Prepping for the “Foodie Friday”, it’s not all glamour…..

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Here are my novice preparations for the Foodie Friday….Ms. Gollum makes this look so easy, it aint so yall, took me way too much time, but it sure was fun.

It all began with baking a lemon pound cake…

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Lemon Cake
Adapted from ”Barefoot Contessa Parties!” by Ina Garten
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 to 8 large lemons)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup plus 3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted.
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/4-by-2 1/2-inch loaf pans, and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and 2 cups sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Mixing at medium speed, add eggs, one at a time, and lemon zest.
3. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup lemon juice, buttermilk and vanilla. Add flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to butter and sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Divide batter evenly between pans, smooth tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.
4. Combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat until sugar dissolves.
5. When cakes are done, let them cool 10 minutes. Invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon lemon syrup over cakes. Let cakes cool completely.
6. For glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar and remaining 3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a bowl, mixing with a whisk until smooth. Pour over top of cakes, and allow glaze to drizzle down the sides. If you like rum, you can add about a 1/4 cup to the sugar, lemon syrup. I use a bundt pan instead of 2 loaf pans but that is up to you. Also I use a wooden skewer to poke holes in the cake all over, this helps the syrup absorb all thru the cake.

Ok…that much was good…

Now Zoe is anticipating the crumbs…

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Now, I’m off to clean the table, it also serves as my art studio…I got a little messy but enjoyed painting yesterday…

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This is what I painted…its painted on a thrifted silver tray and is done in oils…

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Now I’m off to look for props for my pix…gotta look everywhere…birds on the bathroom cabinet???

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No, let’s see what else, maybe a vintage glass peanut jar…no…don’t think so…

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…well the green glass would look good with my lemons as props and I could use this green glass with it????

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…mmmm, still doesn’t seem right…I’ll keep looking…oops, I got distracted… that’s my very favorite Windsor and Newton oil paints…boy I luv them a lot…

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…still distracted…loving me these paintbrushes…

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This could be why this blog is taking me so long, I keep getting distracted by things I luv…ok, now I’m focused…Blue Haven China…that’ll do it…luv me some Blue Haven and thanks to my Hubby I have lots of it…

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gotta get it together…where’s the cake??? Now I have to experiment with the light coming in from the window…

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geeze…looks like night, not the middle of the day here…

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another try…

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Ok, it’s getting closer…gotta tweak it….

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I hope you’ve enjoyed helping me to get this post together…I’m hungry, aren’t you?

13 comments:

  1. Oh, this was a delight! You are an amazing artist! The tray is beautiful! I should have taken a picture of my kitchen after I put together the chicken salad and tea sandwiches---let me just say, I am still cleaning and have been cleaning in spurts all day. And I wasn't cooking, I was assembling!!!
    LOL Your cake sounds heavenly. I love the 4 extra large eggs--some of our hens lay X-tra large eggs.

    Such fun...and I LOVE your bees on your background.
    Best,
    Gollum

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  2. That cake is great, but the tray is fabulous! You are an amazing artist...and your photography is so good - again, your artistic eye.
    Linda

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  3. Your lemon cake and blues and yellows look great. But it's Zoe that steals my heart. She looks so silky!

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  4. Ummm, that cake sounds and looks just delicious...lemon is one of my favorites...
    The tray is what I am drooling over, tho. My, what talent you have, child...it is just beautiful!!

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  5. The cake looks delicious!!
    I have never made Ina's...She filmed a show at my neighbor's, he is a friend of hers, and I used to go to her store when she was in business...

    The tray is gorgeous! You are very talented!
    K

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  6. The cake looks absolutely delicious, and your table is lovely. I love the yellows and blues. Kathy

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  7. The lemon cake looks so good and the painting is amazing. You are very talented!...Christine

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  8. what a beautiful post, so much talent in so many ways~

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  9. Your lemon cake looks divine and what talent you have! The tray is gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Wow this is a cake we would really love... I am copying this one down right now... You are such a beautiful and creative artist... The presentation was awesome.... Thanks

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  11. Oh yummm! Your cake is perfection! Loved your newly painted tray. You're an amazing artist! ♥ Diane

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  12. What a lovely post! The cake looks like a slice of heaven, and that tray is just beautiful! And that little dog... be still my heart! I loved this post. :-) Thanks so much for sharing these lovely shots with us, and now, I believe I will have a slice of that cake on that most beautiful of flowered trays and one for my cute new doggie friend, too, please...

    Happy FF Belatedly...]

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. that tray is awesome.you are quite the artist and also good at vinyettes...ann

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