Do you remember the scene in Like Water for Chocolate (by Laura Esquivel) with the rose petals and the quail. Tita is so focused on the love she feels for Pedro that those feelings go into the food and effect the guests eating the quail in wonderful ways. I've always wanted to try that recipe and I just love that movie !
But I digress, I should have been in that mind set when I made this lemon loaf, but I wasn't. I had just finished work and my last call of the day was a grumpy old man who would ask me a question and every time I started to answer, I would get about 3 words out and he would yell "Shut up, shut up, let me figure it out". Goodness gracious, 15 minutes of that and trying to be polite and customer focused,whew , I was ready for a drink. I should have taken a walk and cleared out that grumpy old man,but instead I baked. Now I know better, I don't know about you but I do know that if I am rushed,frustrated,upset or all of the above, the results are never good. And this is such a beautiful sweet recipe I should have done it justice and I'm sorry I didn't. I slightly over baked it. In spite of that and my frame of mind, it was still delicious.
I cut of it's slightly browned bottom, sprinkled some powdered sugar over the top and enjoyed it with a cup of coffee while sitting in my sun room,not pondering grumpy people,but instead thinking, what a pretty little cake. Simple,lemony and delicious. And I pledge from this day forward to never bake without clearing all the cobwebs from my brain along with those bad vibes !
After I had that first slice, I thought I would dress it up a little with some fresh strawberries. I took a small handful of berries,whirled them around in the mini processor with a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and poured it over the cake . I placed a sliced strawberry on top of that with a good dollop of whipped cream-delicious. The tart taste of the vinegar complimented the sweet strawberries and the whipped cream was perfect.
This is my first recipe for the Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia group. You know how much I love Dorie Greenspan, so when I found this group on line, I jumped at the chance to join. I already had the book that we use "Baking with Julia " by Dorie Greenspan , and can't wait to bake my way through it with the group.
Thank you to Truc at Treats and Michelle at The Beauty of Life for hosting this month,head over and see what they did with this recipe.