Our Meyer lemon tree is doing its thing again this year and producing a ton of fruit. While smaller in size than last year's crop, there's more than enough sunny orbs on the tree to supply the entire neighborhood with tart/sweet deliciousness.
I whipped up this Martha Stewart recipe to enjoy with our morning coffee when the girls popped by on their way to the airport to head home to the Pacific Northwest. With Big Guy away this week as you're no doubt aware, I've been taking a much needed break from the kitchen. Consequently the coffers are relatively bare so it seemed like a good idea to take advantange of the one thing that we currently have in abundance.
Hit the link above and head directly to the source for the original recipe, because I honestly hardly changed a thing - I'm just lazy.
While I just bragged about whipping up the cake be forewarned it does take a little more time than the usual coffee cake to prep because lemons are sliced and simmered in water twice to remove the bitterness.
The other point I should make that Martha neglected to mention is that you'll want to remove as many seeds as possible from the lemons because they become quite bitter when cooked. That task is easier to accomplish before you simmer the lemons and I say that in all confidence because I found out the hard way.
Also, as you see, I made the cake in a 8 inch high sided cake pan with a removable bottom rather than the tube pan Martha recommended so it took an extra 6 minutes to cook. I also cut the struesel in half because it just seemed there would be way too much of it when the focus should be on the cake and the lemons.
So what was the verdict? Delicious - moist, incredibly full of flavor and definitely worth making. For those of you who don't have access to Meyer lemons, I'd go ahead and make it anyway with regular lemons, but leave out the layer of simmered fruit. It would be far too tart since Meyer's are much sweeter than a regular lemon; however, you might want to try substituting lemon curd instead. I haven't tried it that way but I can't see why it wouldn't work.
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