Lemon Pudding Cake and February Books

I feel I should begin this post by letting you know that I’m not going to provide the recipe for this Lemon Pudding Cake. While this cake wasn’t a full-scale disaster, it just lacked a little something. It wasn’t delicious, and only delicious recipes are allowed around here!

It’s partially my fault – I took a simple Lemon Pudding Cake recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book and tried adding white chocolate chips. The result was not bad, but a bit sweet. Normally I don’t ever complain about sweetness, but this time around the white chocolate drowned out the tartness that is the soul of lemon desserts.

There is a reason I’m still posting about this cake. I learned a lesson today, and I think it’s worth sharing: when you’re craving lemon, just make Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars. There’s really no need to stray away from them – they are the absolute perfect mix of tartness and sweetness. And that is the moral of this story.

On to our second order of business: book reviews for February. As mentioned previously, at the end of each month I am going to write up a quick review of whatever I’ve been reading.

This month, I read two books.

Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart

I picked this up while at Powell’s during my recent trip to Portland. It is essentially a memoir, a memory of the best summer of the author’s life. It was 1945, and Marjorie and her best friend Marty decided to go to New York City, find a job, and have an adventure. They were lucky enough to land jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., right on Fifth Avenue. Up to this point there were no women working on the sales floor.

This is not a book filled with deep thoughts. It dwells on fashion, celebrities, and dating. I really liked it though. There was something warm and relaxing about reading through a person’s most cherished memories.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

This is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I actually do like this series, although I can’t quite figure out if I’m ok with that. It is certainly violent – there is more blood than I enjoy reading about, but not so much that I feel the need to quit reading. I think it’s addictive because I feel as though I’m right there in the midst of the situation, and I’m always panicked about what step Katniss is going to take next in order to survive. I’m definitely looking forward to the movie and will be picking up the third book ASAP.

I hope you’re all having a good week! Here’s to properly delicious recipes and good reads in March!

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  • http://gravatar.com/missallaneous missallaneous

    Will you find a lemon tart and perfect it so you can share that with us? I like the Ina lemon bar, but lemon tarts are my alllll time favourite! :)

  • http://www.thevintagemixer.com/ Becky at Vintage Mixer

    I made a lemon pudding cake recently that was out of this world. It could be a difference of taste buds but if you’re up for another try, here’s the recipe: http://www.thevintagemixer.com/2012/02/meyer-lemon-pudding-cake-recipe.html

  • http://blueberriesandcream.com Jessie

    Missa – OK!! Mmm I want one right now :)

    Becky – You know that’s funny – I thought about using Meyer Lemons but didn’t know if it would be good. Good to know they work well in a pudding cake! Thanks for the recipe! I will keep it because I still think pudding cakes can be really yummy.

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