Lemon Meringue Pie Macarons

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“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world,” Brene Brown.

I was looking for a beautiful quote to share about how creativity makes me feel and right away I was drawn to this one. And of course it was Brene Brown, she writes some truly wonderful things.

Creativity has been one of the best blessings of my life. The creativity that flows through me is literally overwhelming sometimes. And it spills. It spills out into different areas of my life. Growing up it manifested in the form of art and drawing, notably portraits. Then It took the form of writing. Eventually the art became food. It can be seen sometimes in the way I do my hair (there was a time in my life when I used to braid a lot of hair in very unique patterns). In my clothes. In my home. It used to even show up in my kettlebells, as I used to dream up new ways to move and challenge my body.

And it comes out of nowhere sometimes. I can be on a walk and recipes ideas and flavor combos will just download in my mind. Or I will write an entire post in my head. Editing and rewriting as I go. These meringues. Same thing.

I was at work making lemon meringue pies as I often do, when I started pondering on the simplicity of a meringue. And for some reason I was also thinking about macarons. And I was remembering this pic I had seen on Instagram of a coconut macaron that had a meringue on top. I watched the video of them making it like 5 times. And I started to image the lemon meringue pie as a macaron. Lemon curd filling. A beautiful meringue on top. Maybe brush some yellow coloring in the bag to be fun. I had to make it. I had envisioned and tasted it already. It had to come to life. Luckily I had a meeting to go to where they like my macarons.

It didn’t even stop there. I’m thinking of all the curds I’ve made. Grapefruit. Cranberry. Mango. I really want to make a pineapple one, because pineapple is delicious (duh). Then I was thinking I could use a macadamia nut base for the macarons instead of almond. And I could do a toasted coconut meringue on top. Yum. Maybe some lime zest in the curd? Maybe that’s too much going. Oh well, you may have this recipe coming sometime.

I praise God for this creativity and what a blessing it is. Because sometimes I look at something I made in awe and I can’t believe I’ve made it. It is more than me. It brings me joy, but I love more that it has the potential to bring others joy. What good is it to have a talent or gift and not share it with others? That’s why we have it no? This dynamic world where we all have something we can contribute. And food. Food is such a way for me to share and express the love I have in my heart. Each pie is truly from a place of love. Plus a passion and fervor for it to bless others. That is my main desire in all this baking and striving with my business, and that is to share joy and love. And beautiful food, that hopefully tastes as equally good.

Lemon Meringue Pie Macarons

Macarons:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

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Lemon Zucchini Pistachio Muffins

36364548_871370169740275_2441581847126212608_o.jpgI have really enjoyed playing with some unique flavor combos this summer. One week I got especially excited to make some different flavored quick breads. Orange Rhubarb. Espresso Banana. Rose Cardamom. And a Lime Zucchini Pistachio Loaf. This last one especially intrigued me and market goers alike. So I saw something for some similar muffins and had to give them a go.

Did I mention last week my new found love of cardamom?

After watching it on baking shows the past year, I finally purchased it. The smell alone is intoxicating. The flavor is even better.

So these muffins have it all virtually. Zucchini. Tangy Lemon. Pistachios. Cardamom. But they all compliment each other wonderfully. At least that is my opinion. And they are lovely, I have really grown found of adding pistachios and injecting some color with it’s beautiful green hues.

If you are feeling adventure, try this. It is PACKED with flavor.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Scones

20180202_164047Oh man it has been a moment since I posted! Sometimes life gets a bit busy though and takes our focus elsewhere, temporarily. But my busyness has passed for now and here I am, ready to share with you all. Because I actually have several recipes I made last month, that I just haven’t got around to posting.

In order to share, I’ve got myself pumped up with the British Baking Show. I am currently re-watching it, curled up with some tea and writing to all you lovely people. I would compare it to an athlete watching game film. It gets me super pumped up to bake and dream up recipes. It also gives me loads of ideas of things I want to make or convert. Plus I learn a ton, because they share things I have never heard of. The only downside, though, may be that I fixate on making something. Like eclairs. I have it set in my heart that I am going to make eclairs. And then my brain spirals with flavors I want to make. Lemon meringue. Sweet potato cream with a maple praline frosting. Triple Chocolate. White chocolate raspberry. Rose pistachio. Blackberry lavender. Before I get ahead of myself, though, I have to make the choux pastry. I have tried it once, but was not satisfied. But sometimes gluten-free baking takes SEVERAL attempts. So soon (hopefully Thursday or Friday) I will have another go at it.

As you can see, sometimes I get caught up in a flavor. Lemon. I love lemon. I confessed before how I can just nibble on lemon curd. I also adore some lemon paired with blueberry. A while back I posted a recipe for Lemon Blueberry Cookie Sandwiches (click the link and check it out, probably the best vegan cookies I have ever made). I decided to use the combo again in these Lemon Blueberry Scones I am about to share with you. I like them in mini sizes. I typically make large triangular scones, but I really liked the bite-sized one this time. A slight drizzle, adds a touch of sweetness. I would like to try this again, with maybe a lavender infused glaze.

Regardless, I hope you enjoy these. They freeze well. And the flavors can be changed. Maybe a lemon raspberry or lime raspberry. Or a cherry almond. Or a chocolate orange.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Blueberry Cookies

20171206_180748I love lemon. I think I’ve shared that a few times on here. I especially love some lemon curd. I could just nibble on some lemon curd.

I had someone contact me to collaborate on some vegan cookies. Granted gluten-free is my focus, I started brain-storming on cookies that were gourmet, vegan, and gluten-free. My initial idea was lemon lavender with white chocolate. One I prefer white chocolate over chocolate and I have finally found a white chocolate recipe that works really well. Plus I have really liked baking with lavender the last ten years. If used properly, it’s a nice subtle surprise. You don’t want it to be too overpowering. No one like to feel like they’re eating flowers. However, the perfect amount, is just right to have people intrigued. What is that other flavor I’m picking up?

The cookies were soft, which is exactly how I like my cookies. However, in the baking business, especially wholesale, you have to take into consideration: packaging, handling, storage over time. And these cookies would have crumbled or not held up over-time.

Back to the drawing boards. I did not want to give up on the lemon. It’s refreshing to me. I tried a glazed cookie (click the link to get it). Delicious, but not able to withstand the wholesale world. I thought of thyme, that could be lovely. But likely only to attract foodies and not your average person. We wanted a cookie that could be kid-friendly as well.

Blueberry.

Blueberry and lemon are also a beautiful pairing. Plus the blueberries would add a beautiful color. Something else to consider in baking is the aesthetic and visual appeal. I don’t want to offer 3 cookies that all look similar. You need some pop and color. The blueberry could add, some much needed color, especially in a sandwich cookie. I found a recipe inspiration that I could  convert to be both gluten-free and vegan.

The result?

My favorite of all the gluten-free cookies (which was about 7 or so) I made. The flavors were heaven. The texture of the cookie was great. The ratio of filling to cookie, awesome. Half a cookie was good for me!

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Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Lavender Cookies

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Happy Thursday you all! Hope you are having a wonderful week as we gear up towards the Holidays coming up. This is a wonderful time of year to make cookies. I LOVE lemon. Like I could just nibble on little bits of lemon curd. I recently paired lemon with some blueberries, great combination. I also really enjoy lemon with lavender. The key is to have just the perfect amount of lavender. You don’t want it to be too in your face. Or too florally, like you are eating flowers. You want just a touch, so people are intrigued. Hmm… what’s the extra flavor I’m getting? We’re going for curiosity, not disgust.

These cookies are delicious on their own, they are nice and soft, but I added a little glaze to make them a little more festive and to get a tinge more lemon taste. SO good. It is very refreshing. They could be a nice little food gift if you know someone who needs vegan or gluten-free eats.

However, I was designing this recipe for someone interested in collaborating on vegan cookies. They were too soft for freezing or shipping, so they didn’t fit the bill on that. But they are my favorite vegan cookie I made (granted I really enjoyed the ones with white chocolate again- I definitely prefer white chocolate over chocolate). This cookie base could also be used for an assortment of other flavors. Maybe switch the lemon for orange, fold in a few cranberries (that’s a wonderful flavor combo for this season). Or maybe switch the lavender for the thyme and keep the lemon. Or maybe switch the lemon for lime and add some white chocolate. Who knows there are all kinds of different flavors you could do and you could rotate them throughout the year seasonally. Maybe freeze-dried raspberries and white chocolate. Who knows. Get creative with it. Use the flavors YOU like.

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Gluten-Free Naked Lemon Cake

IMAG3777.jpgGetting married last year did get me thinking about cake designs. Granted I don’t typically like cake. And I ended up making 9 cheesecakes instead, but I was drawn to the rustic, naked cakes. I liked there raw beauty appeal. It feels like it suits my soul. I am a simple soul. I love the woods. Hiking trails. I consider mountains to be a magnetic force that I am drawn to, even if it’s just to stand and stare in awe of one. I don’t like extravagance. I would have less, and be rich in experiences and adventure. I just want to love people and bake. In a nut-shell that is it. I appreciate beauty, but not the bling, over-the-top beauty. I enjoy a subtle, natural beauty. As I said I am a tree, nature girl. I enjoy baking pies. And when I do make cake, I seek that same rustic appeal. That raw edge. And I seek flavors that I enjoy. Like lemon. And coconut (coming next)

Especially being a recovering perfectionist, I need to challenge myself to pursue projects that don’t need to be perfect. The slight messiness, is what makes this beautiful to me. And it breaks my habit (that’s why I usually like wearing my hair curly rather than straight anymore, curly it is meant to be wild and untamed, not perfect). Lemon curd that drips down the sides, and frosting that doesn’t have to be flawlessly smoothed, is good for my recovery.

Easter is coming up, which means I’ll be heading to my grandparents. We have several non-gluten eaters, so I like to make something festive. Plus I had some leftover coconut flour, which is tricky to work with (it can get dense or chalky), but I have found it works well in cakes.

What is also about this cake is you can add and subtract if you want. Take the rosemary out of the lemon curd (lavender would be lovely too). Or subtract the meringue. Maybe you just want frosting and some lemon slices. Or you just wanted frosting and fresh flowers (or succulents). Make this cake fit your personal tastes and desires. This is just to give you options. Let your creativity run free.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

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This is the last of ALL the lemon recipes I made about a month ago! And it may be favorite.

I don’t know what got me on the kick, for some reason, I really wanted to make some lemons bars, which is weird that these started it all, but I’m posting it last.

Also I have to say, I put them in the freezer, and they were better from the freezer than they were fresh. Weird, but I find with a lot of my gluten-free baking, I like it from the freezer over fresh.

If I were to do this again the only thing I would do is even up the proportions. I have a silicone mold for 6 bars and that was what I was determined to make. However, that means I put a lot of crust dough in each one. So if I were to do this again, I would make 8-10 bars and double the filling recipe to put more in each one.

Lemon Bars

Crust:

  • 1 cup grass-fed butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Filling (I’ve already doubled it here for you)

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 1/3 cup lemon juice

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