8tbspunsalted butter, at room temperature (1 stick or ½ cup)
2large eggs, room temperature
½cupbuttermilk, room temperature
Powdered sugar or whipped cream for serving (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
Place butter, sugar and zest into the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until pale, about 4 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time to the mixing bowl. Continue beating and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
In another bowl, mix buttermilk and vanilla.
Add a third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Continue beating until nearly combined, then add half of the buttermilk mixture. Repeat, ending with the last third of the flour mixture; beat until just combined. Stir in lemon juice.
Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan. Arrange strawberries on top, pressing down lightly.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean (or an internal temp of 210ºF), 50 to 55 minutes.
Let the cake cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream before serving, if desired.
Hack: Don’t have buttermilk? Mix 1½ teaspoons white vinegar or lemon juice into ½ cup milk. Let it stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes until it’s thickened and curdled. Another option is to thin sour cream with a bit of milk or water until it reaches the consistency of heavy cream.
Hack: Feel free to use your favorite berry in this recipe!
Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
Hack: To easily zest a whole lemon, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin and finely chop it. Lay unused zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Hack: Puree any leftover lemons in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread. Freeze the puree for up to 3 months.
Hack: Leftover lemon juice can be frozen for up to 12 months. Pour the juice into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer until solid. Transfer the cubes to freezer bags or freezer-safe containers for storage.
Remove the label from the can of sweetened condensed milk.
Place the can on its side in a saucepan and add enough water to cover the can plus 1”. Cover the pan with a lid and bring the water to a boil.
Turn the heat to low. Simmer can for 3 hours, rolling it around every 30-40 minutes. Add water, if necessary, to keep the can completely covered.
Use tongs to carefully remove the can from the water. Allow it to completely cool before opening.
Use dulce de leche on ice cream, for cake/pastry filling, spread on cookies, stirred it into your coffee or any other place where caramel would taste good!
Hack: Transfer dulce de leche into a tightly covered container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Hack: I suggest using a solid can (not a pull tab) for this recipe to avoid a rupture.
Hack: Don’t have time to watch a pan? Put the can in a slow cooker and cover it with water plus 1”. Set it to low for 8 hours.
Hack: Dulce de leche can also be made in the oven. Simply open and empty the can into a pie pan or similar size pan. Cover tightly with tin foil. Place the pie into a larger pan (so that the pie pan sits comfortably). Fill the larger pan with ¾" of water. Bake in a 425℉ oven for 60-90 minutes,
Preheat the oven to 375℉. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with baking spray.
Stir two tbsp of lemon juice into the cream and set aside.
Mix flour, sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, lemon zest, eggs, butter and vanilla until smooth.
Add cream mixture to flour mixture and gently mix just until incorporated. Do not overmix.
Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or to an internal temperature of 200℉, 20 to 25 minutes.
While muffins are baking, simmer sugar and lemon juice together in a small saucepan over medium heat until it turns into a light syrup, about 3-5 minutes.
Place muffin tin on a wire rack. Brush hot muffins with lemon syrup and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
Let muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool for another 10 minutes before serving.
Hack: Tightly cover muffins and store them at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Hack: To easily zest a whole lemon, use a vegetable peeler and chop finely to use in the recipe. Lay unused zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Hack: Puree any leftover lemons in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread. The puree can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.
Hack: Leftover lemon juice can be frozen for up to 12 months. Pour lemon juice into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer until solid. Transfer to freezer bags or freezer safe containers for storage.
Cream shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and egg. Mix just until combined.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture and stir to combine.
Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip a fork in sugar and press lightly twice on one cookie, flattening it slightly to create a crisscross pattern. Repeat for each cookie.
Bake for 7-8 minutes until set and just beginning to brown on the edges. Do not overbake, as cookies will continue to cook on the hot cookie sheet after removing them from the oven.
Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Hack: Store cookies in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Hack: Cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer until completely frozen. Remove to a sealable freezer bag and place in a freezer-safe container. To thaw, remove the desired number of cookies from the bag and place them on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to thaw completely before serving.
Preheat the oven to 375℉. Coat one 9” x 5” loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
Zest orange. Pulse the remaining orange in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
Cream eggs, butter and sugar together with a mixer until pale. Add orange zest, orange puree, ½ cup orange juice and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to sugar mixture and blend until smooth
Place batter into loaf pan and bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean or until the internal temperature is 190℉, about 60 minutes.
Immediately after taking the bread out of the oven, drizzle the top with ¼ cup orange juice, going slowly enough to allow the juice to soak into the top of the bread.
Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Hack: For smaller loaves (for freezing or giving away!), divide the batter between two 6’ x 4” loaf pans lined with parchment paper and bake for 40-45 minutes. Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with muffin papers. Divide batter between cups and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Hack: Store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 4 days or freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 months.
Hack: To easily zest a whole orange, use a vegetable peeler. Lay unused zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Hack: Zest and puree any leftover oranges in the blender or food processor for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or breads. 1 orange yields about ⅓ cup puree, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer.
Hack: Leftover orange juice can be frozen for up to 12 months. Pour orange juice into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer until solid. Transfer to freezer bags or freezer safe containers for storage.
Did you know? Milton Hershey’s first successful business was not chocolate but caramels. In fact, the Hershey Company was NOT started to make a certain iconic candy bar but to produce chocolate to coat their sister company’s popular caramels! Get some other fun facts here!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let boil for 1 minute.
Remove the pan from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes.
Hack: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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