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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays #6: Lemon Icebox Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce; and Puff Pastry Sticky Buns

Lemon Icebox Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce
This week's recipe for the Sweet Melissa Sundays baking group was chosen by Jennifer of Keep Passing the Open Windows. I really enjoy lemony desserts and definitely do not make them enough, so I was really excited to give this recipe for Lemon Icebox Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce(p. 208-210) a try. It seems similar to a lemon meringue except it is served frozen.

It came together rather easily and quickly. I made it exactly according to the directions in the book (that's a first for me!). And unfortunately, I can't report on the taste yet - I'm bringing it for Mother's Day dessert tonight at the fam's house - so the pretty picture of a cut slice, and a review on the taste will have to wait... though we both tasted the custardy filling (prior to baking) and it seems rather promisinggggg.


Gorgeous nilla wafer crust

Piped on meringue topping, cute!

Another drippy picture :)

Can't wait to give the finished product with the fresh strawberry sauce a try! Hope everyone likes it!

Update: Mmmm, very VERY good. Everyone agreed this recipe is a keeper.

Puff Pastry Sticky Buns
This morning, me & Daniel also threw together some Puff Pastry sticky buns. I had some puff pastry left over from the SMS Turnovers, and since Daniel can eat again (and I'm trying to put some weight back on him) we made these for breakfast.

My inspiration came from blogger Erin Cooks who adapted it from the original recipe by Ina Garten published in Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients. They came out very, very yummy... though very different from a traditional yeasty cinnamon bun. This one is crispier & flaky, and does not feature that delish cream cheese frosting. I would definitely make these again as they were simple to put together and created a perfectly yummy tasting Sunday breakfast treat. I scaled it down as follows:

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1.5 ounces light brown sugar, packed
1 12x12 inch sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted

For the filling:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a standard cupcake tin on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Lightly spray 6 - 7 of the wells with non-stick spray.

With a hand-mixer, combine the 5 tablespoons butter and 1.5 ounces brown sugar. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of this mixture in each of the 12 muffin cups.

Lightly flour a cutting board or stone surface (I did it directly on my cleaned granite countertop). Unfold puff pastry & brush the whole sheet with the melted butter. Leaving a 1-inch border around the edges of the sheet, sprinkle with the 1/3 cup of brown sugar & the cinnamon. Starting with the end nearest you, roll the pastry up snugly like a jelly roll around the filling, finishing the roll with the seam side down. If needed, trim the edges to make it a nice flat end. Slice the roll in 6 (or 7 if you did not need to trim, like me) equal pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches wide. Place each piece, spiral side up, in the cupcake wells, on top of the buttery mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes, until the sticky buns are golden to dark brown on top. Allow to cool for 5 minutes only, scoop the buns out with a spoon and invert onto the parchment paper. Best enjoyed while still warm!

Be sure to check out how to Lemon Ice Box Cake & Strawberry Sauce came out for all of the other bakers!


Cristine said...

Your cake looks gorgeous! Love the piping on top!

And those sticky buns... YUM!

Sara said...

Everything looks great, especially that cake! I love lemon meringue, and I've never made an icebox cake before.

A said...

Oh please please let us know how the ice box cake was, it look fabulous and I love lemon desserts

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Yes, indeed, that piped meringue is too adorable. I hope you liked the taste! My tasters loved it. We've got one piece left.. might be a fight around dessert time!

k.a.r.e.n said...

Your piped meringues are gorgeous! I was thinking of doing that but then got lazy.

margot said...

Wow, that piping job is incredible! Hope your family enjoys the cake. I still have puff pastry left from the turnovers, what a great way to use it.

Mermaid Sews said...

Wow, your cake looks amazing. I really wish I had made it! The sticky buns, oooh I want one now!

Lulu the Baker said...

Your cake looks great. I'm glad you finally got to taste is and weren't disappointed. Everyone I served it to loved it as well. And I've made the Barefoot Contessa Puff Pastry Sticky Buns too and thought they were amazing! And easy!

Anonymous said...

Your icebox cake looks gorgeous. I love the way you decorated it. The buns look yummy too.

Mermaid Sews said...

Stephanie, so sorry about the blog stealing. I just heard about this stuff from Dawn of Vanilla Sugar. i would contact her, she just made some changes based on her stuff getting stolen. I have noticed she puts her name on her pictures now. I think I am going to start doing that too. So sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Looks like that site stole your Honey Beescotti post too.

Fit Chick said...

Your meringue looks great, nice touch.So glad everyone liked the recipe.

Reeni said...

Hi Stephanie,

I just wanted to let you know about a website that is posting your blog posts and recipes, I'm pretty sure it's without your permission. Here's the link:

Kerstin said...

I love those sticky buns - yum!

Charlotte said...

Those picture are making my mouth water.

jb said...

Your cake is so beautiful and that strawberry sauce sounds divine!

Tami said...

I'm getting in line for a piece of that cake! Great job!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

oh, shoot! Both of those look good! I love both lemon desserts and cinnamon-y. My faves for sure.

Glad to hear that your honey's feeling better.

Hope you had a terrific Mother's day with your family.

unconfidential cook said...

That lemon cake looks amazing--I think you would really enjoy the frozen lemon and meringue bombe on my site.


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