Triple Lemon Streusel Cake

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Lemon is a total winter-time gem and its brightness is much appreciated during these dreary months. While I love the spices and rich flavors that speak to us during these cooler months, I really appreciate the bright zing of citrus. And when I make something with lemon I really want the citrus flavor to be punchy with lots of tart to balance the sweet.

This cake from Izy’s book is a lemon dream. I bought this book as a total treat-yo-self stle gift and I am so glad I did…I’ve got so many recipes bookmarked but this one snagged my attention immediately. I mean, I love all things streusel topped–texture for life!–but it also packs a ton of lemon flavor into a humble little cake. It punches up the lemon 3-fold with lemon juice + zest in the batter, a cream cheese and curd layer, and a tart lemon drizzle. It’s pretty much the perfect lemon-y treat–the topping is crunchy, while the middle hides a creamy, lemon layer reminiscent of cheesecake, and the batter has that zest plus little bits of oats that give this tender cake a pleasant texture. It’s the kind of snack cake that disappears piece-by-piece before you know it and leaves you pinching the final crumbs out of the pan. Which makes it a little dangerous, but totally perfect for sharing.

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Triple Lemon Streusel Cake

From Top with Cinnamon 

Serves 12

for the topping:

2 tablespoons demerara (raw) sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons rolled oats

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

pinch of salt

for the cake:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2/3 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup rolled oats

5 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons lemon curd

for the glaze:

2/3 cup confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Combine the topping ingredients in a bowl, rubbing the butter into the dry ingredients until a crumbly mixture is achieved. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8×8 inch square baking pan and line with parchment leaving an overhang on two sides (I like to secure the sides with metal binder clips).

In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese and lemon curd.

Begin making the cake batter by melting the butter. In a mixing bowl combine the melted butter with the sugar, lemon zest and juice, and buttermilk until well mixed. Beat in the eggs, then fold in the flour, baking powder, salt, and oats (the batter will be a bit lumpy from the oats). Spread 1/3 of the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Spread the cream cheese and lemon curd mixture over the batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining cake batter over the cream cheese layer and spread it out evenly. Spread the topping mixture over the cake batter and bake the cake in the center of the oven for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Mix together the glaze ingredients and drizzle over the cake once it has cooled.

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Roasted Sausages with Red Grapes, Polenta, & Gorgonzola

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Guys. I made this recipe for Roasted Sausages with Red Grapes, Polenta, & Gorgonzola and realized a few things about myself.

1. I have a really difficult time photographing sausages. I mean, it’s just not the easiest thing to take a pretty picture of.

2. I have the maturity of a tween. I had a tough time not writing “hard” and “sausage” in the same sentence up there. And, there, I did it anyway. There’s also a bit in the recipe below about pricking the sausages and I just can’t even…I’m so sorry. Now you know, I’m secretly twelve.

Anyway, innuendo and (lack of) maturity aside, this dinner was one of my favorites as of late! I mean, it’s SO EASY. I really love and appreciate that these days. Few dishes, few ingredients, little hands-on time, and tons of flavor. WIN. Also, I’ve been super intrigued/terrified of all the cooked grape dishes I’ve seen around the internets. I’m super picky about my grapes, I like them firm (heh). I like a taught grape, okay? The thing is, when you roast them, there’s no worry about having grapes in their prime. They can be going south and it’s all good. I first delved into the cooked-grape-territory a few weekends ago with this number from Smitten Kitchen. So amazingly good as part of a cheese spread. After I learned how amazing a warm grape could be, I totally bookmarked this recipe from Molly of Dunk and Crumble’s book Sheet Pan Suppers. It’s a cookbook I will certainly be referring to often. It’s such a clever concept and I am totally in love with this recipe. I mean it’s so simple, savory, sweet, spicy, and delicious. Perfect for weeknight dinners, a little different, a little fancy, and great for pretending to be a mature-adult-person who doesn’t crack-up at sausage jokes and stuff.

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Roasted Sausages with Red Grapes, Polenta, & Gorgonzola

Serves 4

From the book Sheet Pan Suppers

Olive oil cooking spray

1, 18 ounce, tube prepared polenta

1 small red onion cut into 1/4-inch thick half moons

2 cups, stemmed, red seedless grapes

2 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

6 links hot Italian sausages (or mild if you prefer)

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

2 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola cheese, plus an additional 2 tablespoons for serving

Preheat the oven to 425ºF with one rack about 4 inches from the broiler and the other in the center. Mist a sheet pan with cooking spray, or lightly brush some olive oil over the entire surface (this is what I did).

Remove the polenta from it’s packaging and slice into 1/4-1/2 inch rounds. Place in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan.

Toss the red onion and grapes with the olive oil and salt in a medium bowl. Scatter over the polenta and arrange the sausages evenly around the grapes and onions. Prick each sausage once or twice with a fork. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme leaves.

Bake until the sausages are cooked though and the grapes start to wrinkle, about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and heat the broiler. Scatter 2 tablespoons of the gorgonzola over the sausages. Broil to melt the cheese and brown the sausages. About 3 minutes.

Serve the sausages over the polenta with the grapes and onions. Sprinkle with the additional gorgonzola to serve, if you like.

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Chocolate-Malted Oatmeal Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt

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Happy Thanksgiving-Eve!!

Are you hosting or just contributing or, better yet, just kicking back and feasting? I’m not making a turkey. We aren’t hosting, so I’m just bringing mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and a pie. I’m basically on carb-duty and I like it.

Anyways, you guys! Joy wrote another cookbook! Homemade Decadence is full of brunch things, sweet treats, pie-talk, and even some boozed up dranks. It’s pretty fantastic and so, so beautiful, too.

So far, I’ve made her Chocolate Pound Cake with Chips and Chocolate Glaze–I served it as dessert when we had Sean’s cousin and her husband over for a “thank-you-for-watching-our-baby-while-we-went-to-dinner-and-kept-my-crazy-in-check-with-multiple-texts-and-updates” dinner a few weeks ago. It was a hit, super chocolatey with a perfect, fine textured crumb.

And, obvs, I made these cookies. The recipe in the book calls for salted peanuts, but I didn’t have any, though I did have hazelnuts in my freezer and flaky salt in my pantry. So, that happened instead. These cookies are seriously SO GOOD. Like, we could not stop eating them. Usually, I like my chocolate chip cookies a little underdone, but I let these go an extra minute-ish so the edges got a little more brown. UGH. SO AMAZING. The edges come out just crisp, with a buttery-toffee bite and chewy cookie bellies. I’m pretty sure the malt powder and the hefty dose of vanilla is what makes these cookies so addictive. They are extra chewy from the oatmeal, plus there’s chunks of dark chocolate and crunchy hazelnuts throughout. Just make them, please.

Also, get this book, add it to your holiday gift list, it’s a keeper.

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Chocolate-Malted Oatmeal Cookies with Hazelnuts & Sea Salt

Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson

The original recipe calls for salted peanuts and milk chocolate chips. I subbed in dark chocolate chips, toasted hazelnuts, and sea salt sprinkles instead.

Makes about 36 cookies.

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup malted milk powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup, 2 sticks, unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups toasted hazelnuts, chopped

flaky sea salt for the tops

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and place the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of your oven. Preheat to 350ºF.

In a large bowl whisk together the oats, flour, malt powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Reduce the speed to medium low and slowly add the milk and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the oat mixture until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop the cookie dough, about 2 tablespoons per cookie, onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie. Sprinkle each cookie with sea salt. Bake until they are just set and golden around the edges, about 12 minutes (I did about 14 minutes). Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. These cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. [/recipe]