Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Redeeming Recipe

Well, here’s my chance. A chance for this former blonde to redeem herself in the kitchen since this last incident.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Wanna know the story? I got a text message yesterday saying that some plans have changed, now ALL my family will going up to in Dallas for thanksgiving. Well…….the Cotters (me and the kiwi husband, oh plus the brother in law) have to work a bit Thursday morning and on Friday morning. So no Dallas for us, bummer. BUT, here’s where I come in. I decided to do a last minute New Zealand style Thanksgiving for the handful of us left here in Austin. It will be small dinner, butwe will be full of THANKS!!

Here’s the catch, there’s no turkey or pumpkin pie!! What?! I think that’s an American sin, haha. But since I am the minority here, I’m okay with it.

Kiwi Style Thanksgiving Menu

  • Roasted Lamb with Rosemary/Garlic and Balsamic Glaze
  • Sweet Potato Curry mash with peas and onions
  • Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Pomegranate seeds and slivered almonds
  • Gluten Free Rolls
  • Gluten Free Lemon Pudding Cake with fresh cream and Berries.
  • Oh and lots of good WINE!

Not too shabby, eh? In order to not go crazy tomorrow, I decided to go ahead and make the dessert today. I’m hoping this is the recipe the pulls me out of my baking hole. Forget the lime bread, I’m all about LEMON now! hehe.

Lemon Pudding Cake

(adapted from my favorite dessert book)

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Ingredients:

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1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted unsalted butter (earth balance works too)

3 Lemons

1 1/2 plain yogurt (I used 2% Greek Yogurt)

1 1/4 cup sugar (I used raw turbinado sugar)

3 large eggs

1/4 cup gluten free flour (or other all-purpose flour)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon extract

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 330F. Grease 1 quart casserole dish, set aside.
  2. Using a grater, grate the zest of one lemon. In a food processor, mix melted butter and lemon zest until combined.
  3. Squeeze the juice from the 3 lemons and strain into the butter mixture. Add your yogurt, flour, sugar, extracts, and process on low for 3 minutes or so.
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  5. Pour the batter into the casserole dish and bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden around the edges and it springs back when touched. Let it cool slightly.
  6. Best served sprinkled with powdered sugar and fresh cream and berries and on top (that will be done tomorrow).

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NOTES: I actually baked it at 330F for 50 minutes, then another 15 minutes at 350F. Also, WATCH YOUR KNUCKLES. Mine were scrapped while zesting. Not too fun when you're about to SQUEEZE lemons for lemon juice. Talk about a sting! Gotta have your battle baking wounds though.

Any non traditional thanksgiving recipes out there? You know I wanna hear all about them!

Cheers to a very THANKFUL THANKSGIVING!

LC

14 comments:

april said...

Yum that dessert sounds awesome! We are nontraditional for the most part.. we do Thanksgiving lunch and have whatever type of dessert we vote on! I made a peanut butter pie

Bre said...

Happy Thanksgiving friend! I'm thankful for you! Enjoy dinner- non traditional sounds delish to me! hope the fingers are okay ;)

purplebirdblog said...

Mmmmmm that looks super lemony delicious!!! And I love your nontraditional menu!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Those Brussels Sprouts sound great.

Dorry said...

Sweet friend, your menu sounds delicious! You are feeding a lucky crew and I'm sure everyone is very thankful for you being the chef. I love that you are making Thanksgiving special even though it's not traditional with all of your family. Billy and I were in Belize last year on Thanksgiving and had a blast with a bunch of American expats! :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Nellie and Jonathan said...

Nobody really likes turkey anyway! Your menu sounds HEAVENLY!! If I weren't so far away, I'd sneak in your house and eat everything you made,..Like a modern day Little Red Riding Hood. Except I would eat EVERYTHING off of ALL the plates!!

:) Nellie
http://midlifecruiser.blogspot.com

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Bummer you can't be with the rest of your fam but your menu looks amazing and that dessert holy cow! I think you made up for your blonde recipe ha! So can u get me from the airport tomorrow? Wouldn't that be awesome!!!!! Have a great thanksgiving and take lots of pics!

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

Mmm lemon and pudding sound great. although id probably try and sneak a little chocolate in it ;)

happy thanksgiving!!!

Jess said...

Lemon pound cake sounds LOVELY!!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Bummer you can't be with the rest of your fam but your menu looks amazing and that dessert holy cow! I think you made up for your blonde recipe ha! So can u get me from the airport tomorrow? Wouldn't that be awesome!!!!! Have a great thanksgiving and take lots of pics!

purplebirdblog said...

Mmmmmm that looks super lemony delicious!!! And I love your nontraditional menu!

Mo@MommyRD said...

Your menu sounds fabulous and I can't wait to make the lemon pudding cake when we have an abundance of lemons around here!

thefitnessfreak said...

Oh, yum, yum! I bet my boys would love this! I could probably get creative and make it vegan, hmmm......

Nicole

Shannon said...

maybe not the most traditional thanksgiving dessert, but it looks delicious! must give it a try :)