Sunday, August 9, 2020

Lemon Cake by Shari Randall + #Giveaway

MAYA: Please welcome my friend, Shari Randall, an award-winning mystery writer. One of my favorite memories is of having afternoon tea with her at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Today's she's sharing a recipe for lemon tea cake and offering a book GIVEAWAY. Leave a comment at the end of this post to enter a drawing for one of her mysteries. You're up, Shari!


SHARI: Nothing says summer like the bright tang of lemons. Lemonade and lemon Italian ice are some of my favorite treats of summer, along with my favorite dessert, Lemon Tea Cake. There are many variations of this cake, and it goes by many names, such as Lemon Tea Cake or Lemon Pound Cake, but I think this version is perfection.
This cake bursts with lemon flavor thanks to a glaze of lemon juice and confectioner’s sugar added when the just-baked cake is pulled from the oven. The cake mixes up quickly and you can dress it up or down. Frost it if you wish (omit the glaze), serve with a simple side of fresh summer berries, or enjoy it as is. At my daughter’s suggestion, I decorated the cake with slices of candied lemon for a novel sweet-tart touch.
The recipe came to me from a friend’s mom who made my wedding cake. Thanks, Mrs. F! I hope you enjoy this taste of summer curled up in a shady spot with a good read. The cake tastes great accompanied by tea or coffee, hot or iced. Enjoy!

Ingredients

6 Tbsp butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
1-1/2 cups flour
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Freshly grated rind of one lemon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
Cream butter and granulated sugar, then add lemon rind and eggs. 
Sift the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture with the milk. Beat the batter until smooth. 

Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 350. (Check at 55 minutes.)




To make the glaze, mix ½ cup powdered sugar with the juice of one lemon. Pour the mixture over the hot cake as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Once the cake is cooled, top it with candied lemons if desired.



Candied Lemon Slices
1 cup sugar
1 large lemon
Slice a lemon into 8-12 very thin slices – use a mandoline if you have one. Discard seeds and ends.
Prepare an ice bath (bowl of cold water with ice cubes) and set it aside.
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the lemon slices. Stir until soft, about one minute. Drain and plunge them in the ice bath. Immediately drain. This step helps remove some of the bitterness of the lemon.

Bring the sugar and one cup of water to a boil in a medium sized skillet, stirring to dissolve the sugar. When the mixture is clear and bubbles, reduce heat to medium-low. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer. Simmer until the rinds are translucent. Do not let boil.
Line a baking rack or tray with parchment paper. Transfer slices to parchment and let stand until ready to serve. You can keep the slices in an airtight container at room temperature for one day.



About the Author and the Giveaway

Shari Randall is the author of the Lobster Shack Mystery series. Nothing says summer in New England like a visit to a lobster shack. Set in the historic Connecticut village of Mystic, the books feature injured ballerina Allie Larkin, who works in her quirky Aunt Gully’s Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack while her broken ankle heals. When her aunt falls under suspicion of murder, Allie starts investigating and discovers she has a talent for sleuthing. The first book in the series, CURSES, BOILED AGAIN, won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. 

You can keep up with Shari on social media, where she shares ice cream recipes, her mermaid and Nancy Drew obsessions, and pics of all things New England.
Facebook Group: Cozy Mystery Crew 
Instagram @sharirandallauthor


Shari will give a copy (your choice of paperback or ebook) of any one of the Lobster Shack Mysteries to one lucky commenter. (US Only for paperback). What’s your favorite summertime treat? Comment below to be entered to win.

114 comments:

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    1. Hi Edith, wish you were here to try it. Definitely one for folks who like lemon :)

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    2. I wanna try this with both of you!!! Love lemon. Gonna try this this week.

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  2. Many in my family enjoy lemon deserts. I love peach or blackberry pie or cobbler. I just read the first in your series and really enjoyed it. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed CURSES! This time of year is so good for making pies and cobblers, isn't it?

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  3. Peaches, fresh or baked in cobbler or pie, are my favorite summer time treat. Thanks for the lemon cake recipe. I will give it a try. I also appreciate the instructions for candied lemon slices. I have other recipes that will be nicely dressed up with them. lroth@pcext.com

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  4. I have too many! I do love homemade lemonade!
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  5. Clams on the grill and chilled gazpacho are our two current go to dishes. Casmith79 at aol dot com

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  6. I love homemade peach ice cream. Wonderfully cool on a hot summer day. This is Anita Allgood.

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    1. Hi Anita, I'm working on a peach ice cream recipe for a new book. It's so good! Good luck!

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  7. Watermelon! As a child, I have great memories of lying across the foot of my parents' bed because then I faced an open window with a breeze (no AC in the farmhouse). There I would read my Nancy Drew books and eat watermelon!! The beginnings of my love of mysteries and that refreshing treat. Thanks for the opportunity to win, and for the yummy-sounding recipe! Email via website.

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    1. What a beautiful memory - I can feel the breeze! Good luck from another Nancy Drew fan!

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  8. Corn on the cob from the Farmers Market.
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  9. My favorite summer treat is any thing with Hatch Chile’s in it.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  10. I had to look up Hatch chiles. The article says they have the perfect balance of hot and sweet. Sounds good to me! Off to get some :) Good luck!

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  11. Maya, thank you so much for inviting me to visit the Kitchen! This is one of my favorite blogs - I always come away with so many good recipes and book recommendations. And I loved that tea room! Let's go back!

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  12. Ice cream (chocolate,the better) and toasted marshmallows

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    1. my email is Ajf95@aol.com if I win...thanks!

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    2. I'm with you on the chocolate ice cream!

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  13. Welcome to the blog today!Your titles and covers are divine! Hmmm, I'd have to say anything that features the abundance of fresh produce that is around this time of year. Thanks for the chance to win and the recipe.
    abigailfbn (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Thank you so much, Abby, I'll pass that on to the cover magicians at St.Martin's! Good luck!

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  14. Thank you for the recipe for Lemon Tea Cake. It sounds delicious! I love the flavor of lemon as it gives one the hint of sweet and tart all at once. Love the addition of the candied lemon slices. Will definitely be trying this version of lemon cake.

    Love your books and would love the opportunity to win and read another one. Shared and hoping to be the extremely fortunate one selected.

    Be safe, stay healthy and have a little adventure along the way - even if through the pages of a good book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Got so excited about the giveaway, I forgot to answer the question. :) Love homemade sherbet for a summertime treat. Well love any form of homemade ice cream and fresh fruit added in the summer is an extra bonus. However, the sherbet I love reminds me of my growing up years making it extra special too. Plus it's super simple to make. You mix 2 quarts (now it's one liter) orange pop, a can of crushed pineapple juice and all and eagle brand milk then freeze in ice cream churn. It's yummy!
      2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    2. Hi Kay! Thank you for your kind words and for the sherbet recipe! I am all about the easy recipes and this sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing it!

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  15. I love strawberry ice cream. I'm also a big fan of lemon pound cake and had some last night.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. Yummy looking, I love anything lemon. I love ice cream as a summer treat.

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  18. I love a dipped cone from Daily Queen every summer.

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  19. Fresh fruit, especially strawberries and watermelon. I won't turn down cake though.

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  20. Favorite summer time treat would be an ice cold watermelon. I enjoy the fresh vegetables and sweet corn! dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  21. Renee Wiswell