You’re probably wondering why there’s a picture of a lemon on top of a can of tuna.
That’s the only thing I could think of to show perspective for this giant lemon my husband picked from our lemon tree today. This was our last lemon of the season, and it’s a whopper.
Since we really like lemon desserts, this beauty will be turned into one that will please us all. It won’t exactly be a cake, and it isn’t quite a pudding.
I call it my Fake Lemon Souffle. Whatever you want to call it, make one. You’ll love it if you like light citrus desserts. Here’s the recipe.
Fake Lemon Soufflé
· 1 cup white sugar
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 4 tablespoons plain white flour
· 1 lemon (just a normal size lemon)
· 2 eggs
· 1 cup milk
· 1 tablespoon melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Select an ovenproof baking dish that will make a lovely presentation since you’ll be serving directly from the baking dish. Also put on some water to boil for step 6.
2. Grate the rind of the lemon until you have 2 teaspoons of rind. Squeeze the lemon to yield at least 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. In a bowl, mix sugar, salt, flour, rind, and juice.
3. Separate the eggs, putting the whites in a glass or metal bowl, not plastic. (Egg whites won’t beat well in plastic.) In a large measuring cup or small bowl, beat the yolks, milk, and butter. Add this to the flour mixture. Then beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold carefully into the flour mixture so you won’t lose the lift.
4. Pour the mixture into the ovenproof bowl. Set the dish in a larger ovenproof pan. Pour hot water in the outer pan. (This technique is called a water bath, and it keeps soufflés and puddings from burning or getting hard on the bottom and sides.) The water should come up about an inch on the side of the baking dish holding the pudding.
5. Bake at 325 degrees F. for about 50 minutes. You know it’s done when you insert a knife around the sides and there’s no liquid left because it’s all been absorbed.
6. Serves 4-6. This delicate lemon dessert is as light and delicious as any soufflé you’ve ever had. Best of all, it can be served warm or cold.
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Brianna faced the fact that if she wanted her life to be different, she had to change. Instead of partying all night and sleeping all day, she ditched her so-called friends and the seductive persona she hid behind and vowed to do whatever was necessary so she could look at herself in the mirror without being disgusted. She knew that changing her actions wouldn’t do a darn thing to “fix” her, but she had to start somewhere.
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Daniel already knows the secret Brianna is hiding. He knows he shouldn’t complicate the situation he’s in, but the attraction between them is hot and sizzling.
What will happen when Brianna realizes Daniel has a secret too?
Hope you enjoy my Fake Lemon Soufflé and Brianna‘s story too. Happy January!
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