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Lots of Recipes to Love Lemons

What makes a great tasting Lemon Cake?

Ju-Lyn might consider me a Queen of Lemon Cakes, but I am no reigning monarch of cooking, merely slightly obsessed with lemons. The family loves lemon cake, which means I am keen to try out any new lemon-themed recipe I find.

This month, in setting up a tasting contest between my most popular Lemon Cake recipes at home, I discovered how versatile lemons could be not only in improving heath, but also in replacing certain chemical cleaners and insecticides around the home with natural alternatives.

Lemons are comprised of:

  • 31 g vitamin C
  • 1.1g protein
  • 9.3g carbohydrates
  • 2.5 g sugar: 2.5g
  • 2.8 g fibre: 2.8g
  • 0.3 g fat
  • 20 calories
  • 89% water
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Packed with Vitamin C

Lemons are a plant native to Assam, in Northern India and South Asia. Lemon juice in its natural state is acidic, but once metabolized it actually becomes alkaline.

The acidity of lemons makes them a great adjunct to cleaning around the home and lemon peel can even repel insects when peel is placed outside your door.

  • Rub your chopping board with a cut lemon to eliminate garlic or stubborn odours
  • Clean windows and chrome fittings with a half a lemon dipped in salt
  • Remove red wine spills (mix to a paste with salt and baking soda)
  • Add a cut lemon to your dishwasher in place of rinse aid for a streak-free wash.

With the Changing Seasons, lemons are a natural way to bolster our immune systems.

Lemon Cake Tasting Challenge

Renowned for reliable recipes it may be no surprise that a recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly magazine took first place in the Lemon Cake Challenge. As voted #1 by colleagues and family. This is how it turned out:

Australian Woman’s Weekly Lemon Cake

Are you keen to make the winning cake for yourself?

Instructions and the link to the Women’s Weekly Lemon Cake recipe

Another Lemon Cake Recipe

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Linking thanks to Janis’ suggestion to What’s on Your Plate over at Retirement Reflections


90 thoughts on “Lots of Recipes to Love Lemons”

  1. “Add a cut lemon to your dishwasher in place of rinse aid for a streak-free wash” ? – bloody MARVELLOUS, Amanda ! I shall buy lemons today for this porpoise ! It’s long been a miserable choice for me: add rinse aid or not ? – because plates and things come out of the dishwasher tasting horrid !
    THANK-YOU for this extremely pleasant alternative ! πŸ˜€

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    1. Awesome, M-R. I would be interested in your review of this hint, as I am yet to try it. The Moth mistakenly removed the previous trial, as I hadn’t briefed him! So do let me know if you think it is worthwhile.

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  2. The amount of lemons on the tree makes for inventiveness. I make preserved lemons which are great in Moroccan meals, lemon chicken and heaps of other recipes I use lemons in when the tree has not as many lemons.

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    1. Brian, I love that too utilize your lemons on versatile ways. Some trees are so prodigious in fruiting. I would dearly love a good Lemon chicken recipe. Would you share it with me?

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      1. Oh dear Amanda. I just make it and don’t have anything written down. Here goes
        Chicken breast, lemon zest, tablespoon? soy sauce, crushed garlic how much you want then Marinate chicken
        Combine Lemon juice, a bit light soy and cornflour
        Cook chicken in oil in wok until brown
        Add lemon soy mix with chicken stock and Spring Onions. I also add slices of lemon
        Cook until sauce thickens
        Serve with rice and grate a bit of lemon zest on top
        All from memory so quantities are what works for you
        Let me know how it goes

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    1. I know you are a lemon fan, Sandy. But there are ways of utilising this recipe so you can still enjoy the taste, even without the ‘nod,’ of your family. I have experience with this! (I am virtually the only crustacean eater in this family so was forced to find ways around the family pecadillos). For instance, you could bake this recipe in small friand style loaf pans or cupcake/muffin pans and freeze for access whenever you feel like a tangy lemon hit!

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    2. I’m eating a whole grapefruit drizzle cake at the moment (over a week) as my husband isn’t keen on fruit and doesn’t like the idea of it.. it’s so good I’m not complaining πŸ™‚

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    1. Lemon cake is so more-ish! The tangier, the better, as far as my taste buds go, Ally. I do agree the colour and scent also makes them even more attractive. A fantastic splash of happy colour on the kitchen bench.

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  3. I love lemon cakes. That looks like some delicious lemon cake and the recipe looks simple enough – so I think I could make it. Provided you have a grater, lemon zest is easy to make. You can use lemon zest not only for lemon cake but you can also add it to pretty much any dish.

    Agreed, lemons are so versatile in the kitchen and in our day-to-day lives. When the weather gets colder and winter is here, I love making a hot cup of water with lemon and ginger, and maybe a splash of honey if I’m in the mood for something sweet. It’s such a warming drink and yes, a drink that gives you Vitamin C

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    1. I wish I could still drink lemon and ginger tea, Mabel and I love that you make your own. And why not? It is simple enough that we don’t need to buy ready made lemon and ginger teabags. Unfortunately the ginger sets off tinnitus in my ear, so I can only have it occasionally now. Next time I will try making my own as my lemon tree has an abundance of lemons.

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      1. Definitely lemon and ginger tea is easy enough to make at home. Just have to be careful about the hot water πŸ˜„ I am sorry to hear ginger gives you tinnitus. Definitely have it in moderation. It sounds like you cared well for your lemon tree. Enjoy your lemons πŸ‹β˜•

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  4. I love anything lemony, my daughter, not so much. Hmmm. Great way for me to have a cake all to myself. πŸ™‚ That’s a lot of information I didn’t have about lemons though I had a good bit of it. Have not tried it in the dishwasher but will soon. I make my own salad dressing with lemon, olive oil, fresh oregano and thyme from the garden. I use lemon to sanitize the counters and sink and to get garlic odors off my hands. Great use for the rinds after you have squeezed out most of the lemon into a cake. I love a really good Limoncello in lemonade during the summer.

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  5. Healthy obsessions, Amanda, lead to such deliciousness! And in my books, you are still Queen!
    Serendipitously, I have an access of lemons in my fridge – I was going to make lemon curd, but there’s plenty for the Winning Cake! (I am salivating as I write – better trained than Pavlov’s doggies).

    I didn’t realise lemons were so useful for other things … I am going to try rubbing it on my cutting boards – especially the ones I use for onions & garlic!

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    1. I am sure there are more uses for lemons than the ones I listed, Ju-Lyn. It is a wonderful gift from nature. I will be interested to see what you think. You do know that I always stab the tops of my cooked lemon cake all over, with a skewer, and carefully drizzle drops of lemon juice over. Not too much though, as it can make the cake soggy. This cake keeps surprisingly well too.


      1. We just pour the lot on – we don’t mind a damp cake in our household! Used a different recipe today as I had creme fraiche to use up. I plan to try your favourite soon … I barely made a dent in my lemon stash (Fruit & Veg FairyGodfather strikes again!). I gave away most of today’s cake so we have plenty of room to bake another soon.

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  6. Having two bucketfuls and more on the tree, a lemon recipe is always welcome and that cake looks delicious. My usual go-to for using up lemons is lemon curd. Someone introduced me to the concept of adding lemon curd to greek yoghurt and now I go through jars and jars of both. πŸ˜€

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    1. Now lemon curd and yoghurt sounds like a good breakfast! Healthy too. The Greek yoghurt is a little strong for my milk protein intolerance but I might add some to my kefir! What variety of lemons do you grow, Heather?

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      1. I’ll definitely try it out. I have eaten a lot of banana and pumpkin cakes, my seller will be surprised when I order lemon cake.πŸ˜‚

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