Please forgive me if things run off the rails for a little while over here.
Life, as it sometimes has a habit of doing, got busy in a hair-tearing-out, hide-under-the-desk, OMG-you-want-that-when kind of way. I feel a bit like a juggler who was doing a great job of keeping her four beanbags up in the air, only to have a couple of flaming torches and a whirring chainsaw suddenly thrown into the mix without warning.
I may have made a ridiculously huge double batch of split pea soup, so that I’ll have emergency rations for days when I can’t face the thought of making dinner.
I may have seriously contemplated going to McDonald’s for lunch, because I didn’t have time to pack a lunch before dashing out the door in the morning and only had 10 minutes to run out and grab something.
I may have even totally forgotten about my plan to bake a Lemon Loaf Cake for Tuesdays with Dorie until the day it was due, by which time it was far too late to bake the damn cake, take photos and post about it.
(In my defense, I did the cake on Tuesday, at least. Thankfully, it only takes 5 minutes to stir together.)
The onslaught finally seems to be dying down, though, or maybe I’ve just gotten accustomed enough that it no longer feels quite so overwhelming. After all, it is possible to juggle chainsaws… you just need a little practice, is all.
In the meantime, I’m going to comfort myself with this cake, my belated TWD contribution.
This loaf is very much like a classic pound cake, only with a sweet and subtle hint of lemon zest. It’s not lemony in the assertive, in-your-face, tongue-puckering way I usually prefer, but rather in a comfortingly soothing sit-down-and-have-a-proper-cup-of-tea-with-me sort of way.
There’s an alarming amount of eggs, heavy cream and melted butter in this recipe, which means I can’t claim it’s particularly healthy in any way, but it certainly goes a long way to restoring my mental health… and that’s got to count for something, right?
Breakfast of champions, my friends. Or maybe just breakfast of slightly stressed-out telecom employees. Take your pick.
As always (and in keeping with the TWD ground rules), I am not posting the recipe for this lovely little cake. However, you can find it on pages 252-253 of Baking with Julia (seriously, buy a copy of this book… you won’t regret it!), or by visiting one of the hosts’ blogs: Truc of Treats and Michelle of The Beauty of Life.