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    Senior Member razz's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Razz, sounds wonderful. I love lemon desserts.
    does this have to set in the refrigerator and also be kept refrigerated?
    It does need to set for about 4 hours or overnight in the fridge for the jelly to set. I am going to use it for any potluck situations.
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    Chocolate almond tea cake w/ Grand Marnier frosting and mandarin oranges

    Tea cake
    1.5 c almond flour
    1/2 c cocoa, unsweetened
    2 t flour
    1/2 t baking powder
    3 eggs, room temp
    3/4 c sugar
    Small pinch salt
    1/3 stick butter, unsalted

    Frosting and topping
    2/3 stick butter unsalted, soft
    1 Tbsp Grand Marnier
    powdered sugar
    Liquid from mandarin oranges can

    Serve with mandarin orange (tangerine) slices

    Preheat oven to 350F. Spray oil in a tea loaf pan. Line bottom with parchment or waxed paper and spray paper.

    Place mandarin oranges over a sieve set over a bowl to drain. Set aside.

    Melt butter and set aside.

    Whisk together the almond flour, flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Set aside.

    Separate eggs with the whites going into a tall mixing bowl and yolks into a small bowl and set aside.

    Using an electric mixer, beat the whites for 30 seconds. Add sugar and salt and beat until stiff peaks just start to form. Transfer to another bowl.

    Place egg yolks in mixer bowl and beat until pale in color and increased in volume. Add melted butter and beat 5 seconds. Add dry mixture in batches, beating briefly after each addition.

    Place several Tbsp of batter into a small bowl. Add a Tbsp of whites. Mix with fork. Pour into batter and beat 2 seconds. Fold batter into egg whites batches, quickly and lightly, until no streaks appear.

    Bake for 25 min or until top is puffy and tester comes out clean.

    Place on wire rack to cool. Run sharp knife around rim. After 10 min, turn cake out onto rack. Cool to room temp before adding frosting.

    Place butter in a mini food processor, and pulse to cream. Scrape sides. Add Grand Marnier, pulse again. Add 2 Tbsp powdered sugar and pulse to mix, scraping down sides. Add powdered sugar and liquid from mandarin oranges can until you get amount and consistency you like.

    Frost tea cake as you like. (Top only is fine.) Place mandarin orange slices along top.

    Serve right away. Or cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Next day, frost cold cake but do not add orange slices until just before serving.

    Makes 1 small tea cake

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    Haven't made 'em since we left Texas, but every holiday season I made pecan pralines. A bowl of vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches is about as close as I get to desserts.

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    Ice Cream Sundaes:

    1 scoop good quality French Vanilla ice cream
    4-6 Bing cherries and juice from a can of dark Bing cherries
    a healthy squeeze or spoonful of dark chocolate syrup

    Very satisfying, no cooking required.
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