Oh boy Chitlins! Summer packed an early wollop on the city Monday and now it seems she’s going to slink back to her hidey-hole for another little bit. I will never understand the weather this year. I guess I should stop trying. So it’s another Tuesdays with Dorie week and this week we have an awesome lemon loaf, perfect for summer, whether or not she’s fully blossomed in your area.
Here’s a really great little tidbit about this recipe: it’s 1 bowl (two if you count the one you have to melt butter in) and two stirring utensils. It takes roughly 4.2 nanoseconds to whip together an eternity to bake (or maybe that’s just my impression, because waiting an hour while the delicious scent of lemon is wafting through the kitchen is torture) and another 4.2 nanoseconds to consume in its entirety.
I was home briefly this weekend so I lugged my huge cookbook home with me (because, you know, copying the recipe was not an option) and had my mother get all the ingredients together so I could foist this on her, because a whole loaf of lemon bread would not do any favors to my “training” routine.
I have to tell you, I’m so glad I did that. It was a serious battle of the wills, of epic proportions might I add, to keep from eating more than half a slice. Ask my mother, she’ll tell you all about it. I suggest that you serve this with some fruit jam and a little whipped cream (lightly sweetened) and then smash your face into the goodness before you. Totes worth it.
I guess I should mention that the center of my loaf fell. My mother, in her infinite baking wisdom, claims that it’s because I opened the oven mid-baking to adjust the rack above it. You can’t really tell, but the very top center of the loaf didn’t bake up as well, I think I just under-cooked it a bit. If it had been perfectly baked I’m sure the structural integrity of my loaf would not have been harmed. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts.
Hosts this week for TWD were Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life, where you can find the recipe, though I highly encourage you to buy the book Baking with Julia, if only for the photos alone. Be sure to check out all the other great bloggers participating on the blog roll.