Sally in the Zen

Confessions of a Befuddled Zen Buddhist

Third Times the Charm

Loyal readers are aware that I am still looking for the recipe for a tasty lemon cake, determined to finally fulfill Zen Mum’s one birthday wish that she had this year

It certainly wasn’t due to my lack of trying.

I’m in the middle of reading the archives for the Amateur Gourmet, and I came across his one post for the Barefoot Contessa.  He’s a fun read and in his post, he raves about her recipes.  Lo and behold, there’s one for a lemon cake.

So I rushed out to the library and checked out three of her cookbooks:  Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Parties! and this one.

Between these three cookbooks, I chose the Lemon Yogurt Cake from Barefoot Contessa at Home

The recipe called for 2 tablespoons of lemon zest and 1/3 cup of lemon juice, both of which coming from 2 whole lemons. 

Let me just say that zesting lemons has the same appeal to me as doing abs exercises. 


If it isn’t for the fact that both are absolutely essential in the final outcome, say, my hot looking abs, or in this case, a tasty lip-smacking cake, I wouldn’t even waste my time.

And yes, that little dark spot in my lemon syrup is a lemon seed. 

Which then is poured over this finished and cooled cake.  Yes, that little hole in the middle of the cake is where I used a chopstick to poke for doneness.

Finally, when the lemon syrup is absorbed into the cake, this lemon glaze is next.

By this time, the zesting and juicing of the lemons are a distant memory. 

Is my quest for a tasty, moist lemon cake over?  Have I finally, finally found something that Zen Mum will drool over and inhale?  Will her birthday wish finally be satisfied?!

Zen Master takes a bite and shakes his bald head.  “Mmm, this is better than the last one.”  He says, before turning beet red when the lemon flavor smacks him in the face.  He puckers like he really just sucked a lemon.

Zen Mum nibbles and munches on her piece.  “Yup, this is good.”  And she sits back in her chair and glows happily.


Yummy!  Third times the charm!  Finally!

Yea me!

Because I’m kinda lemon-caked-out right about now.

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