I’m also game for either, but probably prefer the citrus, too. Citrus is on my own bucket list, as I’ve been wanting to do a month of citrus-themed baking for a while now.
Vera- peanuts! Not sure how many peanut-based recipes there are to choose from in Rose’s collection, there’s one cookie recipe and one ganache (both made with peanut butter). But they might work well for a stir fry, brittle, cookies, some curries, ice cream, chocolate bark, and homemade peanut butter. Mmmmmm. Have fun!
I’m thinking of kumquats, blood oranges and tangerines, so delicious and so easy to get. I’ll have to think about whether it makes sense for me to get Meyers or Sevilles, shipping is pricey. I’ve been wanting to try the shaker lemon pie and the love for three oranges pie, as well as the RHC chiffon layer.
The Meyer lemons we get around here are never ripe enough to be the least bit good- they’re pale greenish yellow or yellow at best, and they’re supposed to be yellow-orange. It took me a long time to realize that the unripe ones are sort of weedy or herbal (not in a good way) and just aren’t worth using. Someone on the forums alerted me, and I found some ripe (orangish) ones that totally changed the way I think about them. Now I realize they’re like key limes- wonderful when ripe, unbearable when not (at least for me).
Sounds good Julie! I can’t get seville, meyer, or kumquats around here. But there are other possibilities! Lemon, tangerine, lime. I am also intrigued with the love for three oranges pie/tart as well as wanting to make lemon tart/pie. There’s also the orange crown (forgot the full name) in TCB that looks so good.
There’s also the orange crown (forgot the full name) in TCB that looks so good.
I’ve made this both with oranges and with blood oranges. If you’re making it a day ahead, brush the lady fingers with syrup and/or liqueur and reduce the gelatin. And use a mild 50-52% chocolate (like Callebaut dark) to keep the chocolate layer from being too strongly flavored.
Thanks Julie about the tips on chocolate. I’ll keep that in mind.
One more cake just came to mind, the Lemon Canadian Crown from RHC. My only apprehension about that one is that it needs to be frozen and eaten cold. I think I’d rather eat it during the hot summer months.
Going off on a tangent for a bit, I just re-read your awesome Gateau Basque post. I’m planning on making it this weekend - I think my local grocery store have Crofters.
Mmmm, the Gateau Basque is lovely. It’s not as hard as it sounds, I did mine over two days. Day one, make pastry cream and pate sucree dough. Day two, assemble and bake. And I remember that the technique of rolling the dough, draping it over the bottom of a turned-over pan, covering that with the springform, then flipping, worked very well. Just sounds complicated to describe. And there’s a change to the recipe, I’m sure you saw it in the post.
Any good quality cherries, jarred or jam, would be nice. My first pick would probably be the Fruit Perfect sour cherries in a jar (Rose recommends these in the cherry pie recipe), but the Crofter’s Morello is nice, too.
The rum in the pastry cream is a noticeable flavor (but not boozy), which can be good or bad, depending on your viewpoint.