Thanks to a very productive row of citrus trees, we currently have more citrus fruit than we know what to do with! Suggestions on what to do with an over abundance of grapefruit would be much welcomed. I was thrilled to discover that one of the trees is a lime tree, as lime is one of my favourite flavours in both baking and Asian style cooking (and alcoholic drinks). I trawled the internet trying to find a lime recipe that tickled my fancy, when I came across a recipe for Lime Syrup Cake in the latest issue of Australian Good Taste magazine – the beautiful picture jumped out at me and miraculously I had nearly all of the ingredients required.
I’ve never made a sour cream cake before and I loved how light and fluffy the end result was. The syrup added a beautiful sweetness but the lime stopped it from being sickly sweet. While the original recipe didn’t include coconut, I included a generous handful of my favourite moist coconut flakes because I LOVE the combination of lime and coconut. My pilot rated this cake as one of his favourites out of everything I’ve made. The recipe is quite long and I can’t find an online link to it, but once it’s up on the Taste website I will include a link (of course, if you want the recipe before then just grab a copy of Good Taste!).
I checked the cake when it had about 5 minutes to go and the top was looking perfect – but wouldn’t you know it, the crack on top developed in the last 5 minutes! Luckily artfully arranged lime slices can cover all manner of sins…However nothing could cover the fact that when slicing the cake, I discovered the very middle part wasn’t fully cooked – oopsy! Luckily it was only a small part and the rest of the cake was delicious – but next time I will pay more attention and insert my trusty skewer to ensure it’s cooked through!
In non baking news, things are very much looking up in my universe. I start a new job this week in a field that I am interested in that pays more than peanuts (hurrah), I am planning a trip to Europe in July with my pilot and I have been accepted into a training course for really interesting volunteer opportunity. 2013 started off with unemployment (and a fairly severe hangover) but it’s definitely shaping up to be a much better year than 2012.
Thanks to my pilot, I am now the lucky owner of a pasta maker! I hope to be sharing some delicious pasta posts in the near future once I master the basics.
These little guys are everywhere up here. They often make themselves at home next to our front door. Also common are the beautiful bright blue Ulysses butterflies – it really is like living in paradise up here!
We’ve been frequenting the local swimming holes since the beaches are full of nasty stingers. Icy cold water has been a welcome respite from the recent 38 degree days!
Meet our new additions – Mallard ducks named Robo & Waddles. They are super cute and do everything together!
My beautiful new cake display – a gift from my parents. It’s almost too pretty to use – I’ve yet to make anything worthy enough to be displayed on it!
I hope everyone has had a great weekend wherever you may be. Please share your favourite lemon/lime/grapefruit recipe with me, as I want to use all of this beautiful fruit that nature is providing x