This festive seasonal cocktail was absolutely fabulous. My husband and I enjoyed it prior to our quiet Thanksgiving feast this year.
This recipe was adapted from Jamie Oliver via francoiselaprune.com. I poached thin slices of pear so that I could use them as a garnish. I may poach even larger slices next time. We preferred it with a little bit less alcohol so I noted a range in the recipe below.
The delicious pear syrup can be made in advance, making this perfect for Thanksgiving or a party. We used the leftover syrup to make more cocktails! 😉 It could also be drizzled over ice cream.
Yield: Makes one drink (plus additional Vanilla Pear Syrup)
For the Vanilla Pear Syrup: (makes enough syrup for approximately 10 drinks)
- 1 Bartlett pear, cut in half or quartered, cored, & cut into thin slices
- 200 g (7.1 ounces, 1 cup) granulated sugar
- 200 ml (7 ounces, scant 1 cup) water
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
For the Cocktail:
- 30ml (1 ounce, 2 T) Vanilla Pear Syrup
- 30ml (1 ounce, 2 T) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 44 to 50ml (1.5 to 1.75 ounces) vodka
- ice cubes
- poached pear slices, for garnish
- Add the pear slices, sugar, water, vanilla seeds with vanilla bean pod to a small saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Let the poaching liquid infuse and cool down for another 30 minutes.
- Strain through a fine wire mesh strainer, reserving the poached pear slices for garnish. Keep pear syrup in a jar in the refrigerator; it will keep for 5 days.
- Combine the lemon juice, vodka and 30ml of the vanilla pear syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
- Garnish with a thin pear slice (or two).
Note: This cocktail was also wonderful with Meyer lemon juice. (I used the juice of my very first lemon from my Meyer lemon tree!) 🙂
Posted in Drinks, Holiday, Recipes, Thanksgiving
Tags: Bartlett, cocktail, drink, lemon juice, meyer lemon, pear, poached, sour, syrup, Thanksgiving, vanilla, vanilla bean, vodka, winter
I made this super moist and tender breakfast cake with my precious Meyer lemons. It could be made with regular lemons too, of course. I did think that the tangy glaze was a little over the top, so I modified the recipe to make half of the amount next time.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, via The View from the Great Island.com. I incorporated whole wheat pastry flour in addition to cake flour and baked the bread on convection in a Pullman loaf pan. Special and tasty. 🙂
For the Cake:
- zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
For the Glaze:
- 3/4 cups powdered sugar
- freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice to thin, start with 1 tablespoon and add more as necessary
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Lightly butter (or spray with cooking oil spray) a Pullman loaf pan or 9×5 loaf pan and line it with parchment paper with long ends so you can lift the bread out later for glazing and slicing. Crease the ends so that they do not fold over onto the cake while it is baking.
- Remove the peel from the lemon with a vegetable peeler. A serrated peeler works best for this. You want to remove just the yellow part of the peel, with little of the bitter white part.
- Put the sugar and lemon peelings in a food processor and process until the peels are completely incorporated into the sugar.
- Put the lemon sugar and butter into a stand mixer and cream until light and fluffy ~ a full 5 minutes.
- Beat in each of the eggs, one by one, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Continue beating for another 2-3 minutes.
- Whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt and add to the mixer, alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Finish mixing by hand, to make sure everything is thoroughly mixed, but don’t over beat.
- Turn the batter into the prepared pan, spread out evenly, and bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes in a Pullman pan, or up to 50-55 minutes in a standard loaf pan, or until fully risen and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out without wet batter clinging to it (moist crumbs are fine).
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove, using the parchment paper handles, and let fully cool on a rack.
- Meanwhile whisk together the sugar with enough lemon juice to make a thick glaze. Spread the glaze over the cooled bread.
Posted in Baking, Bread, Cake, Coffee Cake, Fruit Desserts, Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: breakfast, brunch, cake, cake flour, coffee cake, dessert, glaze, lemon, meyer lemon, quick bread, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour
Every year I say that I am going to make something with Meyer lemons but always seem to miss them. I am happy to report that I was able to get them this year and put them to good use. 🙂
This recipe for this bright and fresh cocktail was adapted from Food Network.com, contributed by Scott Leibfreid. I’m a lightweight, so I drank mine over ice. It was simple, perfect, and minimally sweet.
- 2 ounces vodka (I used lemon vodka)
- 1 ounce Meyer lemon juice
- granulated sugar on a small plate to coat the rim of the glass
- 1-2 Meyer lemon slices, for garnish
- In a martini shaker, combine all ingredients except the lemon slices and sugar with a generous amount of ice.
- Shake vigorously for a few seconds.
- Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon slice and coat with sugar.
- Strain the libation from the ice into a martini glass.
- Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice, as desired.
Posted in Drinks, Recipes
Tags: cocktail, drink, easy, fruit, Italian, lemon, martini, meyer lemon, mixed drink, spring, vodka
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I realize that many people avoid using the oven in warm weather, but I have a couple of quick sheet pan meals that make using the oven completely worth the extra summer heat.
In this dish, the pasta even cooks in the oven! It was super creamy as a result. The roasted lemon added incredible brightness. This recipe is from Meatless Sheet Pan Suppers: 100 Surprising Vegetarian Meals Straight from the Oven by Raquel Pelzel. The cheese can be omitted for a vegan version. Delicious!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 medium-size lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, seeds removed
- 3 large garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
- 16 oz orzo pasta
- 3 3/4 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup basil leaves, stacked, rolled, and thinly sliced crosswise into ribbons
- 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, roughly torn by hand
- 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, place a sheet pan on the rack, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Place the tomatoes, lemon, garlic, 1 tsp salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and the olive oil in a medium-size bowl and toss to combine.
- Carefully turn the tomato mixture out onto the heated sheet pan, spread it in an even layer, and roast for 10 minutes.
- Remove the sheet pan from the oven and stir the vermouth into the tomato mixture.
- Using a spatula, press down on the tomatoes and lemon slices to extract their juices.
- Stir in the orzo.
- Pull the oven rack partway out of the oven and place the sheet pan on it. Carefully pour the boiling water into the orzo, stirring to combine and distribute evenly.
- Wearing oven mitts, cover the sheet pan with aluminum foil (you may need 2 sheets), crimping it tightly around the edges to seal. Bake the pasta for 15 minutes.
- Uncover the pan, add the remaining 1 tsp salt, stir, and cook, uncovered, to allow the juices to thicken and any partially cooked pasta from the top layer to absorb more liquid, about 5 minutes more.
- Preheat the broiler to high.
- Stir most of the basil into the pasta, then scatter the mozzarella cheese over the top. Sprinkle the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over the mozzarella and broil until the cheese is melted and golden, 3 to 5 minutes more. Watch carefully!
- Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes.
- Sprinkle the remaining basil over the top just before serving.
Posted in Pasta, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: basil, dinner, fast, grape tomatoes, lemon, meyer lemon, mozzarella, orzo, Parmigiano Reggiano, sheet pan, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian, vermouth, white wine