Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the kitchen: Summer Lemon Pudding Cake recipe

When life hands you lemons...

... make this! 

Repeat after me "Summer Lemon Pudding Cake".  This sponge cake-topped curd pudding is easy, light, refreshing, and IDEAL for your summer soirees.  My family can attest, this sweet treat is the perfect blend of tart and sweet!

I felt compelled to share this recipe- a total winner.

Summer Lemon Pudding Cake


1 tbsp butter or coconut oil for buttering the baking dish or non-stick spray
6 large eggs, separated
2 cups milk
2.5 Tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice (approx. 1.5 large lemons)
1.5 cups sugar (I used a stevia blend)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt


This recipe makes 10-12 6 oz ramekins, or a 9′x13″ baking dish.  You may also cut it in half and use an 8″x8″ baking dish. The portions in the ramekins are perfect for individual desserts.

NOTE: Whatever you bake in, the recipe requires it to be placed in a roasting pan large with water.

  • Pre heat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Butter the baking dish or ramekins.
  • Zest and juice the lemons.  Set aside in separate bowls.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Set aside.
  • Separate the eggs. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the yolks, milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. 
  • Add the yolk mixture (yolks, zest and juice) to the dry mixture and stir until blended.
  • Using an electric mixer in a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Fold the whipped egg whites, about 2 cups at a time, into the bowl with the lemon batter until it is all combined. Be careful not to over mix or it will go flat.
  • NOTE: if the batter seems too watery, you have done it correctly, I promise.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pans. For the 6 oz ramekins, I filled them up half way.
  • Set the baking dish or ramekins inside the larger roasting pan and add hot water until it reaches about half way up the sides of the baking dish.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until set. The top will puff up and become golden but the bottom will remain very soft.
  • Remove from the oven/roasting pan and place on a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Best served slightly warm or ideally at room temperature. 
  • Just before serving, top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a dollop of Whipped cream, and a small berry or mint leaf. 

When the cake cook, it separate into two layers.  
1) The bottom has a soft texture, almost like lemon curd.   
2) The top is like a fluffy soufflĂ©-esque sponge cake. Unlike a souffle, however, the top does not sink out of the oven.

This dish works warm out of the oven, but also hold up if made in advance and refrigerated. The cake shrinks a tad when chilled and looks better when still warm or at room temperature. If serving for a dinner party, I would recommend making it a few hours in advance and not refrigerating.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back on the market: 220 Canary Lane

It is your second chance at an awesome property- #220 Canary is back on the market!
Gorgeous meticulously maintained property on a park-like double lot just MINUTES from Historic Downtown St. Charles, Jaycee Park, and Lindenwood for only $169,900.
Learn more about the property and see all of the photos HERE.
An important note for Buyers:
It doesn't happen often luckily, though in the fast pace of a move... a Buyer can make one teeny financial mistake mid-underwriting that ends up compromising their loan and ultimately their closing. Sadly, this was the case with Canary just 1 week before closing.  
Avoid these common errors...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Closed: #2822 Newbridge Ct in 63129

Thanks again and good luck to the A family on your new chapter in Texas! =)
Learn more about the property HERE. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

New client recommendation on LinkedIn...

Thanks a million for your kind words, Tracy!  I am so grateful for not only your business, but your friendship. Some transactions are more fun than others, and there is no doubt that the three of us are a force to be reckoned with.  Ha!  Thank you again for taking the time to endorse my work, Trace... I am incredibly appreciative. =)

Read my other client testimonials HERE. Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hidden Gem: The Mud House on Cherokee

Located at #2101 Cherokee Street, in a stunning 19th century brick building in the heart of the Cherokee Lemp Historic District...
... sits The Mud House.
My friends on Foursquare have been checking into The MH left and right with photos of delectable coffee creations and artesian eats.  I have had it on my "to-do" list for awhile, and was excited to finally pop in!  Simply, The Mud House has been listed as one of St. Louis's Best Coffee Houses for a reason! 
 The space is eclectic yet cozy...

The fare, much of which is grown in their restaurant garden, is casual though not simplistic...

My favorite, however? 


Not only do they serve up lovely presentation, though their small batch hand-crafted creations are made with house made simple syrups like lavender and rosemary.  As an herb lover, I was in latte heaven.  My rosemary latte was possibly one of the best I have ever had.  EVER.  Phenomenal.

If in South City, please stop by the Mud House for a quick bite and coffee.  You will not be sorry!!  Check out the menu HERE.  Fantastic.


The Mud House
2101 Cherokee St, St Louis, MO 63118
(314) 776-6599

Monday - Friday:  7:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday:  8:00am - 5:30pm


See more of my "Hidden Gems" HERE. 
Connect with m on Foursquare HERE.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CLOSED: 348 Ridgemeadow in Chesterfield

G Family... SO much fun it has been!  A warm congratulations and THANK YOU for choosing me to represent you in the sale of this house and the purchase of your new one.  I adore your family and am so lucky to have you in my life.

Congrats, guys... we made it!! =)
See the full listing HERE.

Monday, July 14, 2014

As seen on the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Corporate Centre Facebook page today...

June was a great month and it is always nice to get a little recognition for hard work.
If you haven't already, connect with my office HERE for valuable local and industry news.  Great information!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Arch Grounds project is underway!!

I was downtown this AM, and saw the 2015 "Park Over The Highway" project in progress by CityArchRiver...

Such an awesome improvement to the Riverfront & Arch grounds it will be! Trading dangerous traffic for sprawling green. WIN.  I had to share!

New client recommendation on LinkedIn...

This made my morning...

Thank you, Kandice!  Words can't express how much I enjoyed working with you and Adam.    

No one can vouch for a Realtor's work ethic, integrity, and abilities like their former clients.  Thank you, thank you for taking the time to do this, K.  Following your new beach adventure on Facebook has been a blast.  I was so honored to be a part of it. =)

Read my other client testimonials HERE. Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Under Contract: #320 Alverston in Ballwin (Marquette)

The current low inventory West County market is incredibly competitive and challenging for Buyers, though this property was worth the wait...

Move-in ready, in an awesome school district, and closing in August... it will be the perfect post-wedding nest for my clients.  A HUGE congrats, D and L-  I am SO excited for you!
See more photos and learn more about the property HERE.