F&L Summer Fruit Cake

Moist and incredibly flavorful, this summer fruit cake comes together in just minutes!

Ingredients:
F&L summer fruit cake mix
2 eggs
2 cups of summer fruit or berries, diced if needed

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, diced fruit or berries, stirring well to combine.

2. Pour batter into a greased cake pan and back for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

Variation: This is also lovely baked in a cast-iron pan as an upside down cake. For this method, melt ⅓ cup butter and ⅓ cup sugar in a cast iron pan over medium-low heat, then pour in the mixed cake batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and invert the pan on a rimmed plate. Let sit 5 minutes then carefully remove the pan from the cake.

Rhubarb-Apple Cake with Almonds

A great baking project for an afternoon at home.

Ingredients:
1½ cups diced rhubarb
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
1¼ cups sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅓ cup sliced almonds
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease a 9-inch round pan.

2. Beat 1¼ cups sugar and the butter together using an electric mixer until well blended, light, and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract, mixing well after each addition.

3. Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add in flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt, mixing just until combined. Fold in rhubarb. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top and place apple slices in a circular pattern on the batter. Sprinkle the almonds and a little additional sugar on top.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool, and serve warm or cold.

Meyer Lemon-Olive Oil Custard

Ready in 10 minutes, this thick, creamy custard would be wonderful served alongside warm sugar cookies.

Ingredients:
3 eggs, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
½ cup Meyer lemon juice
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup high-quality olive oil

Method:
1. Place all ingredients except for the olive oil in a blender or food processor.

2. Turn the blender on to its highest setting and process for 4 minutes. While continuing to run on high speed, pour in the olive oil and blend well.

3. Transfer mixture to a double boiler (or bowl set over gently-simmering water in a pot) on the stove top, and stir until custard begins to thicken, about 4-5 minutes.

4. Custard can be refrigerated for up to three days or frozen for longer storage; try it topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and additional lemon zest.

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Meyer Lemon Bars

These bright bars are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients:
For the crust:
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups all-purpose flour

For the filling:
5 eggs
1½ cups sugar
¾ cup Meyer lemon juice (from about 4-5 lemons)
2 tablespoons Meyer lemon zest (from about 4-5 lemons)
Pinch kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup all-purpose flour

Method:
1. Liberally grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with a little bit of the softened butter. Preheat the oven to 350°.

2. To prepare the crust: In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, mix the softened butter, powdered sugar and kosher salt on high until well combined. Add the flour and mix on low speed until dough begins to just stick together and clump up. Press the dough mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan with your hands. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just starting to brown.

3. Meanwhile, make the topping: In the same mixing bowl, mix together the 5 eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, a pinch of kosher salt and baking powder on medium-high speed until well combined and pale in color. Add the flour and mix until smooth.

4. After the crust has baked, remove from the oven and turn the temperature down to 325°. After the crust has cooled in the pan slightly, pour the topping in and bake 15-20 minutes, or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes. Cut into squares and top with powdered sugar, berries, lemon zest, and/or mint leaves, if desired.

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