Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lemon Meringue Cake


This weekend was my honey's birthday! Happy birthday my love! To celebrate- panning for gold at a haunted old mine tucked away in the mountains of Squamish, cocktails and a romantic dinner at Hy's, and this most dreamy of cakes!


Devotees will recall last year's decadent Mille-Feuilles Dark Chocolate Crêpe Cake With Candied Hazelnuts. Inspired by the pallid winter sun, this year I used seasonal citrus fruits to create a cake that truly celebrates January and its bounty!

Lemon Meringue Cake Recipe:
(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients:
  • Cake Flour, 1 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Baking Powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Eggs, 7 large (6 yolk & 7 whites separated)
  • Superfine Sugar, 3/4 cup
  • Vegetable Oil, 1/4 cup
  • Orange Zest, 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon Zest, 2 teaspoon
  • Orange Juice, 4 tablespoons
  • Lemon Juice, 2 tablespoons + 1/4 cup
  • Cream of Tartar, 3 pinches
  • Granulated Sugar, 6 tablespoons + 2 cups
  • Unsalted Butter, 4 tablespoons in small pieces
  • Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
Lemon Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt twice. Set aside.
  • In an electric mixer, beat 3 egg yolks until pale & foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until pale and puffy, about 7 minutes.
  • Add oil.
  • Add zests.
  • Alternate between adding flour mixture and juices. Set aside.
  • In an electric mixer, whip 3 egg whites until foamy.
  • Add 1 pinch cream of tartar and increase mixing speed.
  • Beat until soft peaks form.
  • Add 1/3 cup sugar.
  • Beat until glossy and stiff.
  • Stir 1/4 of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk-flour mixture.
  • Fold remaining egg white mixture into egg yolk-flour mixture.
  • Pour into 7 inch pan.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and invert on a cooling rack.
Lemon Curd:
  • In a saucepan set over medium heat, whisk constanly 3 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 6 tablespoons sugar for 7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in butter.
  • Transfer to a bowl, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Swiss Meringue:
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer set over simmering water, whisk constantly 4 egg whites, 2 cups sugar, and 2 pinches cream of tartar for 3 1/2 minutes until sugar is fully dissolved.
  • Transfer to electric mixer and beat for 10 minutes until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  • Mix in vanilla.
Lemon Meringue Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spread the lemon curd over the cake.
  • Pipe meringue onto cake.
  • Bake until meringue begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Et voila! Enjoy with homemade Limoncello or a classic Sidecar!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

El Tesoro Restaurant & Gallery


El Tesoro, The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street in Colorado Spring's historic art district, is a charming restaurant and gallery that serves up delicious Santa Fe style cuisine (and some of the best Margaritas north of the border) and displays beautiful original paintings, pottery and sculpture by regional artists.

I loved cozying up by the roaring fire after an exhilarating day hiking in nearby Garden of the Gods.
If I lived in area, I'd be here every day!

Friends on the Slopes

Sisters!

Brother!


My Honey & My Sisters!

The Gang!

The Boys


Après Ski Hijinks!

Truism #1: There's nothing funner than a great day on the slopes with awesome people!*

*Especially when you and your honey's all-day group ski lesson ends up being a private lesson worth $1300!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Girl of the Golden West

I-25

Garden of the Gods

Family of Deer

Rocky Mountains

Highway 9

The Reservoir; or, their next album cover!

For the Christmas holidays, my honey and I joined my family in Colorado.

Though I've always been a city girl, I feel at home in the wide open spaces of the American Southwest. The adventurous spirit of the West courses through me and I often wonder if I were Butch Cassidy or The Sundance Kid in a past life.


Colorado's landscape is as varied as it is beautiful. To the East is the western edge of The Great Plains with its tumbling tumbleweed and prickly pears. To the West is the Southern Rocky Mountains with its vast snowy passes and promises of gold.


I love the abandoned mines and ghost towns along Highway 9 that hint at a storied past. I love the charming old Western towns with trading posts and legends of healing waters. I love the wild herds of antelope and buffalo. And I love the world class ski slopes!


Well I'm off to read Centennial!

P.S. Where oh where can I find Fat Tire in Canada?!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Year in Review

Today is Coulter Curated's 1st birthday! Thank you to all my awesome readers in 80 countries for your amazing encouragement, love and support! 2010 was an amazing year and I thought it would be fun to take a look back:

...I partied in the streets after Team Canada's historic hockey victory at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics!

...I captured some sol in Mexico with my besties!

...I embraced my inner cowboy and headed out West!

...I braved the high seas!

...I took Manhattan and partied at New York Fashion Week!

...I celebrated my 3 year wedding anniversary with my best friend and man of my dreams!

..I indulged...alot!

...I created great new memories with my wonderful family!

...And I hung out with some awesome puppies!

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2010!

Love, Coulter Curated xx
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