Thank you!

While we were gone in Bali, we needed to have someone watch Eli. Luckily, we have the best cat sitter right upstairs! Our neighbor, Lana has three cats and she loves animals! As a thank you I made her a lemon loaf from the book, Baked. This book is from the bakery in Brooklyn called, "Baked". The recipes look outrageously good!
Here is the recipe, I changed it a little because of a short of ingredients!
It actually turned out very yummy!

For the cake:
1 cup cake flour
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups of sugar
5 large eggs
1/3 cup lemon zest
1 cup of unsalted butter melted
1/2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup creme fraiche
2 teaspoons vanilla

Lemon Syrup
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350
Spray the pans with nonstick cooking spray.
Sift both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together

Put the sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until combined. With the motor running, drizzle the butter in the feed tube. Add the sour cream and vanilla and pulse until combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

Sprinkle the flour mixture, one third at a time, folding gently after each addition until just combined.
Divide the mixture into pans and put in oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, rotate the pans, and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

While the cake is baking, mix the the lemon syrup. Add sugar and lemon juice together on high until sugar is completely dissolved.

**If you would like the original recipe you can get the book, Baked. Wonderful pictures and easy instructions.

Back from Bali!

So, I am back from a wonderful vacation in Bali. What can I say, but it was wonderful! The people are so nice, the food was excellent and the beaches were fabulous! For one day I took a cooking class from the Rumah Bali. Chef Heinz von Holzen hosted this class starting at 6am with a trip to the traditional vegetable market, then to the fish market and off to the Rumah Bali to have a day of cooking traditional Balinese food. This was one of the best experiences that I have been through. We cooked several dishes and I walked away with a booklet of recipes that I hope to make for my friends and family. Above is a picture of all the foods we prepared, everything was so yummy! I am having friends over next week and will try some recipes out on them so we will see if I can duplicate what I made in this beautiful place!