March 17, 2009

French Yogurt Cake with Lemon Curd and Strawberries (and a surprise... and a giveaway!)

This is an exciting week! Not only was the Tuesdays with Dorie choice from Liliana fabulous, it was also delicious. I changed mine up a little my reducing the oil to 1/3 a cup.

I made mine with ground almonds as Dorie suggested and topped it with some homemade lemon curd and strawberries. I've never made lemon curd before and surely will again- it's simple, delicious, and a good way to use up some of the lemons that are over flowing in AZ right now!

Now for the kiddos I have a yogurt giveaway. You know how kids love Dora. However, I'm sure they would even appreciate this dessert with a little more sophisticated yogurt flavor than Dora Yoplait. My son loves this stuff (and the grown up versions too). However they enjoy their yogurt, I think everyone is glad to get a little calcium into picky eaters. I know my mom always was. Make sure to leave your email or that it's on your profile if you want to be entered in the giveaway (and US residents only for that, sorry kids!) I'll say the deadline for this contest is Saturday night (March 21) at Midnight, AZ time. I'll announce three winners next Tuesday (one entry per person please).

And now for my favorite picture of the week... meet my new little leprauchan (coming hopefully in time for my birthday in September!) and please accept my humble apologies for skipping out on the kitchen so often and for neglecting my blog. I'm happy to report I'm interested in food again (and feeding my poor husband) and we are all happy and healthy. And Happy St. Patty's day- you can bet we're eating Corned Beef and Cabbage tonight!

(Cake Recipe Here)


Lemon Curd
from Epicurious

*note: Next time I'll pulverize the zest and the sugar in the food processor before starting the cooking so the final product is a little smoother but still flavorful

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into bits

Whisk together juice, zest, sugar, and eggs in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Stir in butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubble appears on surface, about 6 minutes.

Transfer lemon curd to a bowl and chill, its surface covered with plastic wrap, until cold, at least 1 hour.

88 comments:

  1. awww..congratulatios !!! and your cake looks great !!

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  2. Congratulations! and the kids i nanny for love yogurt, so i'll leave you my email! crystaldragon175@hotmail.com

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  3. Congrats!

    Love how you prepared your cake!!

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  4. Your cake looks beautiful and congratulations on the baby!! I LOVED this cake, it smelled so good while cooking and tasted wonderful :) I paired it with simple lemon curd. YUM!

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  5. Congrats Anne, thats so very exciting! Love the cake as well and the lemon curd. Great job!

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  6. Congrats...that is wonderful news! (and I liked the strawberry cake idea too!) M

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  7. Congratulations on the new addition to your family -- that's so exciting!
    I love the lemon curd and the strawberries together. It's so pretty and I bet it tasted wonderful.

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  8. Congratulations!!!

    Your cake looks sooo tasty!

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  9. Congrats!! And the cake looks really good. Yum, I love lemon curd.

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  10. Congratulations on the baby!
    kjlaporte@sbcglobal.net

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  11. Congrats to you!! The cake looks amazing!!

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  12. Congratulations Anne!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!

    ~Delta Whiskey

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  13. First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Your cake, no surprise, looks delightful!! :) Hope you continue to feel better! I'm 23 weeks along myself with my first--so trying to enjoy as much baking as I can before the big arrival!!

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  14. Aw yay - congrats!!! The cake looks delicious, too.

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  15. Congrats! What a cute little ultrasound picture of a perfect looking baby!
    Strawberry cake sounds and looks so good. I'll have to try lemon curd sometime. Great job.
    and mmmmm--yogurt!

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  16. Oh...Congratulations.

    How wonderful.

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  17. Congratulations Anne -- what an adorable little leprechaun you have there! Glad that you are starting to enjoy food again; I hope that you continue to feel great! Your cake looks perfect too -- hope the baby liked it!

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  18. Which is more fun this week, that fabulous looking cake with all those berries, or that fabulous looking baby? Baby wins, but the cake was fabulous! Congrats on both.

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  19. Congrats on the baby!

    shen[dot]margaret[at]gmail [dot]com

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! How absolutely amazing!!! Your cake looks great, too ;)

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  21. Awww! Yay for the little leprachaun!

    Cake looks divine. I'll be making that this weekend.

    cclark@jscnet.net

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  22. That cake looks delicious! I think I might have to try it!. We are so excited for you!

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  23. Congrats on the new little muffin in the oven!
    Your cake looks beautiful.

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  24. How exciting! Another little Strawberry to love. Thanks for sharing the US.

    Now, I need to get my hands on that Dora Yogurt. My son Seven loves the crap out of some yogurt, and Dora, and Diego. So sign me up!

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  25. Congrats! What great news. The cake, lemon curd, strawberries- it all looks so wonderful!

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  26. Congratulations! And OH MY WORD! Your cake looks amazing!

    My niece or nephew is also due in September!

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  27. How exciting! Congrats all around!

    My b-day (and my husbands) is in September as well - wouldn't that be something if he/she was born on your day!

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  28. I was dreaming of preparing my cake like this. Very jealous! My kids were so excited I made cake they ran out the door with plain cake so I decided additional sugar not needed. After visiting wrong decision! Congratulations. So exciting

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  29. Congratulations!!! Your cake with the strawberries looks so good and delicious. I have Dorie's book and would love to try this the way you made it!

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  30. I'm definitely going to have to try that cake and the lemon curd! It looks perfect for spring/summer. And congratulations! That is so exciting! Are you guys hoping Will has a little brother or a little sister?

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  31. Lemon curd is too yummy to be called "curd"...maybe creme....it reminded me of the filling in Hostess Lemon Fruit Pie...I know that may sound blasphemous on a cooking blog, but I ate many a Hostess Pie from U Totem when I was a kid and loved them!

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  32. Oh! This is such exciting and wonderful news!! Congratulations, Anne! Best of luck and keep feeling good. We have 2 September babies! Oh...and the cake looks great!!

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  33. Congratulations! How exciting! Your cake looks lovely with the strawberries.

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  34. Congratulations!!!

    Your cake looks wonderful. I love the combo of lemon curd with strawberries

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  35. Ahh! Congratulations!!

    Your cake looks delish! Makes me want to do it again your way!

    amanda @ fakeginger.com

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  36. congrats on the upcoming addition! enter me into the drawing...
    lindsayandtim at hotmail dot com

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  37. Congratulations, Anne!! Such happy news!

    Your cake is beautiful! I love how you put sliced strawberries in between the layers.

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  38. Congratulations! Your cake looks fantastic. Adding layers of lemon curd and strawberries is brilliant.

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  39. I told you a while back that a little birdie told me a secret about you - glad you shared the photo! And made your own curd - wow. I bought mine of course. I'm just lazy I guess. This cake was fabulous, wasn't it?
    Happy St. Patty's Day!

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  40. Lovely cake...and what a wonderful surprise! Congratulations!

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  41. Congrats on the baby!!!! We love yogurt here!!!
    jarmstrong@bluevalley.net

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  42. Congrats!!
    This cake looks so good! I can't wait to try it!

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  43. How exciting for you..baby..awwww! Your cake looks lovely!

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  44. Congratulations!! You must be sooo happy and excited!! Your cake looks amazing with those strawberries!

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  45. Wowie!!! A new baker joining in (well, in a few years anyway.) Congrats on that one.

    Your cake looks almost as good as the 'leprechaun' picture. YAY!!!

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  46. Congrats! What a wonderful picture, and a yummy cake to go along with it!

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  47. Congratulations! I feel your pain- we are do in August and I have just started even going near food again! I am so sorry- its the worse isnt it?

    Here's to eating again!

    Congrats!

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  48. Congrats on the baby!!! September will be a great month, its my bday too! Love all of the strawberries with the cake!

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  49. First, your cake looks scrumptious with the lemon curd and strawberries.

    Second, congratulations on your baby!!! That is so exciting! Is it your first?

    Third - I'll leave me email for the contest. My nephews would love it. nikkolai3@yahoo.com

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  50. Congratulations! Your cake also looks wonderful!

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  51. COngratulations!!!! What an awesome announcement!! :)

    Your photos are lovely. Everything looks better with strawberries!

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  52. Congrats on the baby! And my two year old would love to win the yoplait giveaway so here's my email:
    ashleypasko@yahoo.com

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  53. MMMM, my mouth is watering.

    Congrats on your upcoming addition!

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  54. The lemon curd looks awesome and the cake looks delicious. Congrats on your new baby. That is one clear ultra sound!

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  55. Congratulations over and over and over again! I am yelling it from my rooftop. Okay, not really, but you get the picture. I am so happy for you all! Your amazing to be baking, posting, and giving away while you are preggers. I just wanted to sleep all the time! Congrats again!
    Oh yeah, your cake looks wonderful!

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  56. Glad you loved the cake blah blah blah! It really does look great, but seriously, with the other news, it just pales in comparison!

    HOOORAY FOR BABY! Huge congratulations! That was definitely my favorite picture of the week too!

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  57. Your cake looks great and the ultrasound pictures are so great! My daugher loves Dora yogurt. She asks for it everytime we are in the store.

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  58. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is awesome! Oh my gosh that cake looks amazing! I am obsessed with lemon curd and strawberries!

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  59. Lemon curd sounds great on the cake - and the strawberries are pretty. Congrats on your little one!

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  60. Mazel tov! And the cake looks lovely!

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  61. Congratulations! What wonderful news. Your cake and lemon curd look delicious--I love anything lemon.

    For the giveaway, my email is on my blog. Brianna and Gillian love the Dora and Diego yogurt, as well as most other kinds. =)

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  62. Congratulations!! This cake looks so good! Yogurt, lemon and strawberry sound like great flavors together.

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  63. Sweet congratulations are in order ~ a little one on the way! (September is a great month to have a baby)

    Your giveaway looks fun!

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  64. Congratulations! What an exciting time! My kids and I all love the Yoplait Kids yogurt and we'd be really excited to win the prize pack! Thanks!

    ms0812@zoominternet.net

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  65. Congratulations! I love the green heart on the pic. And we all love Yoplait...

    marydc@gmail.com

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  66. Your blog is so nice and bright! I'd like to enter the giveaway, thanks!

    scg00387 at yahoo.com

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  67. congrats on teh new addition. have 2 myself love the cake by the way

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  68. Thanks for the opportunity and congrats on your new little nugget! kurtntoni at yahoo dot com

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  69. what a cute picture of the baby. Thanks

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  70. Congratulations on your baby! I would love to win the yogurt giveaway - Yoplait is the only kind my son will eat!

    ksizemore at burke.k12.nc.us

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  71. Great giveaway! My child does love some yogurt.
    Congrats on the baby. Cake looks yummy! I'll be visiting again

    mrsmelissacunha@gmail.com

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  72. Beautiful baby, thanks for sharing, and for the giveaway.

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  73. Oh love that little peanut picture. That's pretty sweet, plus when your little one is older you can show him/her their introduction into society of the blogosphere.
    Your strawberry/lemon french yogurt cake is beautiful. It really looks so good. I definitely need to do a redo after spring break so that I can enjoy it more. I'll be back to the blog roll for some pointers. Thanks for stopping by.
    AmyRuth

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  74. Congratulations!!!!! Prayers for a healthy baby!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would you like to move next door to me? I'd be more than happy to be a "test kitchen" :)

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

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  75. Yum! Congrats on the little one.

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  76. I have 3 boys who LOVE yogurt. They would LOVE to win this! Congrats on the new little one. So exciting! Thanks!

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  77. The cake Looks great... Congrats on the new addition!

    livingmyhappilyeverafter at yahoo.

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  78. My princess would love this! She eats yogurt almost everyday. Thanks!

    jen dot burden at sbcglobal dot net

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  79. What a fun giveaway for the kids! This would be fun to get in the mail to surprise them.
    thebovees49091 at yahoo dot com

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  80. What a joy for you and your husband. Congratulations!

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  81. Congrats! And thanks for the giveaway!

    Kristen.Lee17@gmail.com

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  82. Awww, that is so great, congrats! My son has yogurt everyday so this would be great. Thanks!!!

    chericehodges@gmail.com

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  83. Congratulations on your new addition!! By the way your cake looks delicious. I am going to have to try that comination.

    cynthia at thecasaamiga dot com

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  84. Congratulations!!! I can understand why you were MIA in the kitchen :) Beautiful looking cake!

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  85. Congrats on the new little one!
    Your cake is so pretty, very spring-like. I'm sure it was super delicious!

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