Monday, January 25, 2016

Carrot-Orange Cake and Lemon Squares, French Style

The Tuesdays With Dorie online baking group made Fluted Carrot-Tangerine Cake and Lemon Squares, French Style this month.

The cake is in the Simple Cakes section of Baking Chez Moi and it comes together very easily.  I used an orange instead of a tangerine, as well as the medium carrot and grated fresh ginger called for in the recipe.

I baked the cake in a 9" round cake pan and served it dusted with confectioner's sugar.  I found it very sweet, with a flavor oddly reminiscent of Fruit Loops.  I'd like to try making this again with less sugar and a bit more ginger.

In recent years I have come to love lemon and was excited to make the Lemon Squares, French Style.  The recipe didn't work out very well for me, unfortunately.

Usually I make lemon curd to use up egg yolks after making an angel food cake or meringues.  Dorie's curd recipe uses 4 whole eggs (yolks and whites) as well as 9 ounces of butter.  I made the curd with no problem and set it aside in the fridge.

The crust uses another 9 ounces of butter.  I was a bit concerned about all this butter.  I followed the recipe and pulled the crust out of the oven when it was a pale golden color.

The next day I stirred the curd, spread it over the crust, and topped it with the reserved crust, in small pieces, and the slivered almonds.  I baked it 45 minutes and it looked beautiful.

Alas, when I started to cut the squares some hours later I found the crust was over baked, hard and greasy, while the filling in the center part of the pan was very soft.  I had planned to take the squares to a dessert potluck and was very disappointed with the results.  I don't know what went wrong.


  1. I am sorry they didn't turn out for you. If it is any consolation mine broke when turning them out and just found myself scooping curd up back off the counter!

  2. Sorry to hear that. Thanks for commiserating.

  3. It's a shame it didn't work for you after all the hard work involved,
    I know how disappointing that can be. And, yes, that was a heck of a lot of butter.....

  4. So sorry they didn't work out…it is just like that sometimes! On to the next recipe :)

  5. I was worried about my carrot cake being too sweet as well but since my tangerines still had a bit of zing to them I think it helped. Too bad the lemon bars didn't work out.

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  7. Now I want to try Fruit Loops again! It's been so long since I've had one :)
    I think both your dishes look great !