Lemon Pound Cake

One of my favorite cakes to create is a lemon pound cake. I’ve experimented with many recipes, and I have to admit, this one is one of my all-time favorites. Although I do love a very smooth pound cake, this recipe has a bit of a twist…cornmeal. I wasn’t sure how the texture would be, but I thought I would give it a shot. I rarely follow a recipe, because I’m always trying to make additions and/or substitutions. And once again, I made many tweaks to the foundation recipe, but I am extremely pleased with the results!

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Lemon Cornmeal Pound Cake
Cake
1 1/4 C yellow cornmeal
1 C all purpose flour
1 C unbleached bread flour
1 t salt
1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and at room temperature
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
1 C confectioners sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 C whole milk (vanilla almond milk works well, too)
3 T fresh lemon juice
2 T grated lemon zest

Glaze

  • 2 C confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 T whole milk (vanilla almond milk works well, too)
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 T vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease the pan/s of your choice.

Cake: Whisk together the cornmeal, flours and salt. Cream together the butter, sugars and baking powder until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Once mixed, slowly add the flour mixture and the milk, alternating each. Stir in the lemon juice and zest. Pour batter into the prepared pan/s.

Bake until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center. The cake will also pull slightly from the edge. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your oven. Allow this golden goodness to cool for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Place a baking sheet or wax paper under the rack.

Glaze: Mix all ingredients together. Drizzle the mixture over the cake, once it is cool. Enjoy!

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Hard Boiling Fresh Farm Eggs

As I have mentioned in previous entries, I am addicted to chickens and ducks! I am even more addicted to their fresh eggs. Oh, that yummy, golden yolk! Keep in mind, when purchasing eggs from the market, there is a good chance they are already one month old…at least! (Yikes!) Commercial egg farmers have 30 days to sell their eggs. The longer the eggs sit, the more the membrane beneath the shell separates from the shell, making peeling easier. This is a positive when making hard-boiled eggs. But, once you have experienced the taste of a delicious farm fresh egg, you will never go back! Trust me!

So, the question is…

Can you hard boil a fresh egg and peel it easily?

The answer…YES!

Step 1: Suppliesimg_5095-1
-farm fresh eggs (duck or chicken)
-medium pot for boiling water
-water
-slotted spoon
-medium bowl
-ice

Step 2: Boil Water Bring the water to a rolling bowl first. Do not add the eggs before you boil the water! This is the KEY! img_5125

Step 3: Add Eggs Lower the eggs into the boiling water, using a slotted spoon. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Boil the eggs for 15 minutes, regardless of size: small, medium or jumbo. While you are waiting, fill a medium bowl with ice cubes and cold water.

Step 4: Drain and ice When the timer goes off, turn off the heat. Individually lift the eggsimg_5126-1 with the slotted spoon and delicately set them a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs cool completely.

Step 5: Refrigerate & Peel
Store the cool/dry eggs in the refrigerator. When you are ready to peel, just crack the egg on a hard surface and peel off the shell. I prefer peeling hard-boiled eggs under cold water. This helps remove any small shell pieces.

Step 6: Eat & Enjoy!

Note: The cream eggs pictured here are from our bantam chickens. They lay adorable little eggs. These eggs are the perfect size for a quick snack, for you can pop the entire little egg in your month! They are also the perfect size for slicing in salads. It is always fun to utilize different size eggs in different ways! Enjoy!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You!
♥Roda

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Oh Chocolate, My Chocolate: Energy Bites

I love chocolate! Today, rather than invading the left over holiday candy, I thought I should locate my energy bite recipe, to fill my need for sweet! I knew it was one of my first blog posts, so it was easy to locate. If you missed it the first time around, here is your second chance! YUM!!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

Growing Self

When I contemplate my top 10 favorite things in life, chocolate would probably fall in the top five. That rich, melty goodness that floods my body with warmth and happiness…Awwww, perfection! Chocolate and I have been friends for as long as I can remember…

In elementary school, her name was “Hershey Kiss”. We would always have lunch together, for Mrs. Case, my fourth and fifth grade teacher loved chocolate as much as I did. Feeding Hammy the Hamster, each day before lunch, was my classroom job.  Mrs. Case would leave a Hershey Kiss on my desk, as a token of thanks. She never missed a single day thanking me and I never missed a single day feeding Hammy.

My relationship with chocolate grew to a deeper level in middle school. I wanted to take shop class, like my twin brother. But, I was a girl and therefore expected to take…

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