Lemon Loaf Cake with Light Meyer Lemon Curd and Berries for Tuesdays with Dorie

As part of a make ahead dessert for a Spring  dinner party, I’m giving this week’s Baking with Julia’s recipe for lemon loaf cake an A+.  Imagine small plates holding two thin slices of lemon loaf resting in a puddle of lemon curd with a luscious serving of fresh berries on top- a lovely way to make your dinner guests very happy.  I was happy to use the last of my Meyer lemons in both the loaf cake and the curd for this simple composed dessert.  I  baked the loaf cake a few days ahead to let the lemon flavor develop; served with the home made Meyer Lemon Curd it was a wonderful lemony taste explosion.  So far the TWD baking schedule has worked into my routine quite well and I’ve enjoyed all the recipes.  The Tuesdays with Dorierecipe nominations for the month of May are open and the suggestions all sound good.  I like the nominated Baked Yogurt Tart, Baking with Julia- pg 378, a wonderful excuse to serve more fresh berries with a tart that bakes up like a cheesecake.  I would like to see a ‘Grand Pastry’ like Tropical Napoleons, Baking with Julia- pg 393, on the dessert menu in May.

I’m going to leave you with a few more photos of my plated lemon loaf cake to hold a sweet place on my blog during my break over the next few weeks.  I’m looking to return refreshed and inspired in mid May.

Please find the Lemon Loaf Cake recipe at this week’s hosts Treats or The Beauty of Life from the Baking with Julia group.  Also please check out the other bakers links to Lemon Loaf Cake at Tuesdays with Dorie.  I used a simple recipe to make the lemon curd which I am sharing below.

Ingredients and Directions for Small Batch Light Meyer Lemon Curd
Makes about 1&1/2 cups

4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
Grated zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into bits

Make a double boiler set up with a saucepan filled with a couple of inches of simmering water with a medium size bowl that fits comfortably on top.  In the bowl, off the heat, add the sugar and eggs, whisk until this mixture thickens and turns lighter in color, a few minutes.  Add the lemon juice and zest to the bowl while still whisking.  Place the bowl on top of the pan with the simmering water and continue whisking while cooking the lemon curd.  The process of thickening the curd takes several minutes so be patient.  It will slowly become thick and custard like.  Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter, piece by piece.  Place the bowl with the hot curd over an ice bath, continue to stir, when cool remove the curd to a refrigerator container and chill.  The lemon curd can be made up to a week ahead.

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  1. That does look absolutely wonderful! I hope you have an amazing and safe trip…Big hugs!

  2. That looks fabulous. We had strawberries and whipped cream with some of ours, but lemon curd sounds like a wonderful addition.

  3. Oh, Patty! I'll let you know what time my flight gets in – you can have a plate of that waiting for me at the gate at the airport :-)

    Seriously, though – that is just lovely. And lemon curd is one of my absolute most favorite things on the face of this earth.

  4. Just stunning! I'll be the combination of flavors was as delicious as it is beautiful!

  5. Thanks Patty, now i am craving it!:))) Beautiful photography..very tempting!

  6. Very beautiful – and honestly, I was ready to have this for breakfast when I first saw how you plated it!

  7. Arent I glad I found your blog… what absolutely beautiful photographs!! I envy all of you who have access to all those beautiful berries… just gorgeous!! the lemon curd would have been excellent to up the lemon quotient!!

  8. Wow Patty, I absolutely love this post…like the lemon curd especially paired with fresh berries. Awesome pictures!
    Hope you are having a great week :)

  9. This is a beautiful lemon cake, Patty, and your food styling is just lovely! Thanks for sharing your recipe and stunning photography.

  10. Looks great, I have been drooling over those berry containers at Crate and Barrel :)

  11. I think I would have been happy with the loaf cake alone but the lemon curd and those gorgeous berries makes it even better. Pretty, pretty pictures, Patty. Hope you're having a great week!

  12. Oh Patty, this looks amazing!!! I love Dorie's recipes, they are always so good. Gorgeous photos too.

  13. Gorgeous lemon cake and the colors of the berries pop right off the screen. Have a fabulous trip, Patty!

  14. Oh Patty…Your photos are stunning! And your lemon cake floating in the lemon curd with all those berries on top…is heavenly!! Enjoy your break!

  15. This is the one dessert I would willingly have every night between now and the end of the summer. There can be nothing better and I certainly can't imagine it looking better than it does right here in your beautiful photos!

  16. WOW what beautiful photos and your lemon cake pairs so perfectly with the lemon curd and berries. I cannot believe how utterly beautiful your photos are – the perfect balance of food, colors and layout! I'm impressed. I need you to teach me a few tricks!

  17. The pics are amamzing. I bet your guest were so Happy to be served this wonderful treat! Have a blast Patty!!

  18. I would be very happy to be served this beautiful dessert plate, Patty!

  19. Don't tell anyone, but I bought a jar of lemon curd to serve with my lemon loaf, too…but everyone just wanted cream and berries! I “knew” it was a great idea (but making it was even better)…just look at your gorgeous plating!!! Glad your company enjoyed, Patty!

  20. I have seen and enjoyed many lemon loaf cakes in last two days, but I must say that yours looks the BEST!

  21. Sigh…this looks wonderful Patty, all of my favorites right here. I'm going to visit my family in Ca. and Dad has a Meyer lemon tree so I just might have to treat them with this :)

  22. Oh Patty, your presentation is wonderful! Your berries and lemon curd are a perfect combination for this on-the-dry-side cake. I don't think I've seen anyone do a better post for this cake…great baking!

  23. I'll miss your pics and recipes while you take a break, but look forward to seeing what else you're up to in the meantime. I've GOTTA make Meyer lemon curd. Mmmmm! See you here in May–same bat time/channel! :)

  24. Gorgeous photos. This looks like a beautiful way to serve lemon loaf cake!

  25. I so much want this, and right now too… lovely flavor I know and your photos are picture perfect… safe journey my friend

  26. Vine por mis arándanos me encantan un postre de los dioses una maravilla tentadora ,que fotos más lindas ,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  27. That berry-topped slice of cake looks luscious, Patty! Have a great trip. I'll miss your delicious posts.

  28. Oh my goodness, Patty, this is gorgeous! i love the colours of the berries and i just adore lemon loaf cakes! this is a home run! can't wait to make it for the family!

  29. I'm so going to make it for one of my breakfasts. Especially I'm in polish mountains where I can get an amazing chałka – it's like a brioche. Yummy!

  30. Lemon curd is truly one of my sweets weaknesses … this looks fabulous. Such gorgeous photography. I am coming to steal your light!!!

  31. Oh, Patty-I can't believe I missed your Tues. post
    with all the “drama” happening at my place. The Meyer's lemon cake with the luscious creamy lemon curd…heavenly, is not even the word for it, and the berries are joyfully divine on the cake and the curd…Yumm!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  32. I just love your photos. You would make mine look like it tasted good!

  33. Hi Patty,

    New to your blog but excited to follow. What a gorgeous cake, and look at those berries! This is a perfect dessert for spring!

  34. Oh my dear friend, this looks just stunning. The berries just pop off of my computer screen. Thank you for sharing. Your post has whetted my appetite, and now I need to get creative and make dinner. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  35. Patty, this looks absolutely gorgeous!!

  36. Colourful, tasty and lively…this is how I've come to define your culinary place.
    I've certainly missed a few posts lately.

    Patty, thanks for sharing this recipe for such a lemony delight…looks wonderful ;o)

    Have a lovely week,

  37. Hi Patty,

    Wow! My mouth is watering. I would love a big slice with all the fruit and sauce, sounds like heaven to me.

    I hope you're enjoying your trip and having loads of fun:)

  38. Is it May yet? I'm sure you are off having the time of your life, while I'm stuck over here with the darn flu again. I think a piece of this just might relieve some of the misery. Miss ya!

  39. A lemon dessert with lots of fresh berries? This is as perfect as dessert gets. Have a wonderful holiday and I'm looking forward to reading more when you get back.

  40. I hope you are enjoying your trip Patty! I missed your blog while I was away, and now you are away! =D This lemon loaf cake looks so good! And the Meyer lemon curd… hmmm Double lemon makes me happy!

  41. Patty, you know I have a love affair with lemon curd, don't you? I feel like you posted this one just for moi :) Can't wait to try it!

  42. Patty – this is one of the prettiest deserts I've seen in awhile! It looks delicious and your presentation is beautiful!

  43. looks irresistably hearty & divine
    Tasty Appetite

  44. Absolutely gorgeous Patty! Have a wonderful trip!

  45. Gorgeous pictures! You make it look effortless to have perfect berries in your plate!

  46. your lemon cake sets so completely with the lemon curd and fruits. I cannot believe how absolutely wonderful your images are – the ideal stability of food, colours and layout! I like your blog.

    charity helping


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