Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

April 17, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 32 Comments
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meyer lemon loaf cake

Wow–I went all last week without a post.  Blah.  But now it’s time for cake with TWD and Norman Love’s Lemon Loaf.  I bought a few Meyer lemons at TJ’s a couple of months ago, and although I was too lazy to use them then, I did manage to zest and juice them and stash that stuff in the freezer for another time….a time like this!

I didn’t have any issues with this recipe. I did do a half recipe (although I think that with the particular pan I used, I actually should have done two-thirds or three-quarters to get taller slices).  It’s a pretty easy recipe and it’s made by hand.   There were a couple of things I fiddled with here to ensure a moist and lemony cake.  I rubbed the lemon zest into the sugar before mixing anything and I added (for a full recipe, the equivalent of) the juice of one lemon into the egg/sugar mixture.  I also made a quickie soaking syrup by heating some extra juice and sugar together, and brushed it all over the loaf while it was still hot.

I liked this loaf cake.  It had a nice sunny color and a good pound cake-style texture.  I think cakes like this are really good with a little bit of fruit sauce or compote.  Jam’s fine, too, when I don’t have any berries in the house.  After I took this picture, you bet I totally smooshed the jam and cream over the the top and ate it as a open-faced cake sandwich (or maybe cake smørrebrød since I used lingonberry jam)!

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read Truc’s blog, Treats and Michelle’s, The Beauty of Life.  It’s also on The Splendid Table’s site.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Nice presentation!

    ~ Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/twd-baking-with-julia-lemon-loaf cake/

  2. I agree it needed a syrup of some sort.. i went for a lemon sugar drizzle.. love the pic with the jam!!

  3. Looks very yummy.


  4. Aw your cake looks adorable! I love the petit slice. This recipe was so much fun IMHO.

  5. Looks yummy. And I like your mini slices of cake! I never ate any of mine with whipped cream, but I bet it was great!

  6. Beautiful!

  7. Looks beautiful! It’s not laziness to prepare and store ingredients in the freezer – it’s preparation! 😉

  8. beautiful – I wish I had thought to use Meyer lemons

  9. Yum! I love lingonberry jam. I bet it was delicious with the Meyer lemons.

  10. Very resourceful of you to save some Meyer lemon zest. I bet it was delicious.

  11. Very nice – and lingonberry jam – absolutely should be smooshed all over 🙂

  12. Good idea to use lemon juice – I looked at the recipe a couple of times to see if I missed it in the ingredient list!

  13. Looks inviting!

  14. Beautiful,it’s a like a richer version of lingonberry shortcake !

  15. Yum! Open-faced cake sandwiches are delicious …and now I have an idea of how to use the 3 jars of lingonberry jam that my mom bought from Ikea!

    • Mine came from Ikea, too. I’ve found that the lingonberry jam makes an awesome pancake sauce as well…just put a few big spoonfuls into a small pot and heat it up gently with a splash of water to thin it a bit.

  16. great photo/presentation!

  17. Meyer lemons sound great, I don’t know if I’ve ever seem them here in Australia? But I am going to look into it now!
    The jam and cream look wonderful with the cake!

  18. Your loaf looks great! I think the syrup was an awesome addition.

  19. Soaking syrup…. that would have been perect for this cake!

  20. Yum! Jam is a great idea!

  21. Lovely !!! Some jam is the only thing missing from my cake … !!! Great picture !!!

  22. Looks delicious!

  23. I went two weeks without a post! you’re right–doesn’t feel right! glad you’re back!

  24. I love your blog so much that I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Visit my site to see the other nominations! http://tastythumb.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  25. Mmm – TJ’s meyer lemons are great! Terrific idea to freeze the juice! Should have thought of that – nice loaf, nice presentation – especially with jam!

  26. Love the presentation! Your cake looks so moist!!

  27. ooh I spotted Meyer Lemons at Whole Foods last weekend–maybe I should make this–it looks great!

  28. Looks great. I need to make this- we were out of town so I didn’t get around to it. Maybe this week… 🙂

  29. Hi Steph!

    This is Joy of “Hot Oven, Warm Heart”- you probably don’t remember me, as I took a long hiatus from blogging, but I fondly remember our days of correspondence both through comments on your beautiful site as well as your always helpful emails. I just jumped back into the world of food blogging, and I’d love it if you’d stop by whenever you get a chance! I hope you’re doing well, and still baking up a storm- I’m looking forward to catching up on some of your recent posts 🙂 Lovely lemon loaf by the way!

    Hope to hear from you,

  30. I love this recipe. It’s really easy to make. Plus you can do it by hand.

  31. Dear Stephanie – i have been following your blog for sometime now and your lemon loaf left me with lemony dreams that i had to make one of my own. So inspiring 🙂 Hope you like what i made: http://www.gourmetpost.blogspot.in/2012/05/luscious-lemon-bundt-cake.html

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