Tuesday, April 17, 2012

twd: clementine loaf cake

and so comes along another baking with julia adventure!  today's challenge is hosted by truc of treats and michelle of the beauty of life.  this was by far one of the easiest cakes to make.  the headnote to the recipe states it can be made in 5 minutes, 5 football minutes perhaps, but from start to finish, it will take longer than just 5 minutes.  found on page 252 of the Baking with Julia book, the recipe calls for lemon zest and as a result, it is titled "Lemon Loaf Cake" but i had a bowl of clementines that needed a purpose in this life-they became the key ingredient for this cake.

 clementines are a favorite snack around here.  we have a holiday tradition of keeping a box of them for all of the kids to snack on and i have many memories of family members lingering at the breakfast table with coffee cups and pieces of the rind stacked in little piles.  long after the holidays are done, boxes of these tasty treats still find the way to my dining room to tempt me.

 zesting the little fruits is almost tedious but well worth the effort.

 eggs are whipped with sugar and salt until foamy and blended-a quick process

 zest is whisked in and dry ingredients are sifted over the batter and whisked in gently

 some heavy cream is whisked in

 followed by melted butter and that is it!

 into the pan and into the oven-it's so easy!!!

the fininshed cake, looks like a pound cake doesn't it?  the comment i heard the most-it's so light and delicate.  personally, i thought it could have had a little more heft to it, a little more fat since it seemed a tiny bit dry to me.  anyway, it didn't last long around here.  a big round of applause goes out to truc and michelle for a job well done!


  1. I am sure this one is a scrumptious one. Is it possible to try also with other tropical fruits, cos my husband does not like clementines.
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    1. any citrus fruit will work-the original recipe calls for lemons but i needed to use the clementines before they went bad

  2. I like the thought of using clementines. Of course, now I am thinking oranges, limes, grapefruit, pomelos... My mind is racing...

    1. i only did clementine to get them out of the bowl-they had been in it to long! ruby grapefruit sounds good to me, so does meyer lemon.

  3. Oh, I love the clementine idea…very nice! Your cake looks wonderful!

  4. I agree - this cake was a bit dry, but I love your version with Clementines!