Friday, April 29, 2016

Missing Malice and Eating Pie

LUCY BURDETTE: Oh boy, am I feeling sad about missing Malice Domestic this year! Our Hank is the toastmaster, and Susan and Hank and Rhys are up for Agatha awards, along with so many other friends. It's a giant cozy party all weekend and I hate not being there to schmooze with other authors and readers. Sigh. But it just didn't work out for a variety of reasons, and I know lots of you are sorry to miss it too. So I thought at least we all deserved pie!

This is a new-to-me Irish recipe that I found on Pinterest, adapted from Irish Traditional Cooking by The Baker Upstairs. My lemon-crazy dinner guests loved this little pie cake. I thought it might have needed a dab more sugar, but they disagreed, so I took extra whipped cream:).

Irish Lemon Pudding/Pie/Cake

  2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup flour
2 lemons
1 1/4 cups milk

For the whipped cream:

1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 to 2 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9 inch pie pan and set aside. Zest the two lemons, set that aside. Squeeze these lemons for their juice. (I didn’t measure, but they were 2 large lemons.) 

Separate the eggs and whip the whites in a clean bowl until stiff. (I did these first in my Kitchenaid mixer.) Set aside. Cream the butter and sugar well. Add the egg yolks one at a time, then add the flour and make sure all is mixed well.


Add the lemon zest and juice, followed by the milk, and mix again.

Now fold the stiff egg whites into the cake mixture. Mine looked a little lumpy at the end, but I didn’t want to mix too hard.

Scrape this into the prepared pan.

While the lemon pudding-cake bakes (40 minutes, until lightly browned and set), whip the cream with the sugar and almond flavoring.

Serve the cake warm or room temperature with whipped cream and any fruit garnish you choose.

 ps. John and I might have liked it even better cold the next day...

Good luck to our nominated Reds and friends--be sure and keep us posted about--everything! We have all our fingers and toes crossed back at home! xoxo


  1. Most definitely, good luck to Hank and Rhys . . . .

    This pudding/pie/cake sounds absolutely yummy . . . I can’t wait to try it!

  2. YUM -- my daughter will love this recipe, without the almond flavoring. Thanks. And all of us who are not at the party are rooting for the nominees!

  3. Looks delicious! I like lemony desserts, but they have to be really lemony.
    Rooting for Hank and Rhys! Should be gorgeous in Baltimore this time of year.

  4. this is definitely in the really lemony department Hallie--almost too much for me!

  5. This sounds amazing! I'm a big fan of lemon, too. And it looks like it cries out for raspberries!

    Yes, I am here at Malice, and so far so fabulous. Although it is raining raining raining.
    Missing you! And I will raise a toast to you, Roberta! And safe travels, Rhys. The Washington airport was complete chaos. Yikes.

  6. You're not the first who has said that about the DC airport, Hank. I'm at my daughter's now, getting ready to drive in to Bethesda, and I'm really glad I drove here.

    And I'll be rooting for our Reds in person. Can't wait to see you all, but will be sad to miss those who can't make it.

  7. Good luck to the Reds' nominees! And when you raise a glass to toast your success, know that all our glasses are raised in cheers!

  8. Rooting for Hank and Rhys.

    I love lemon desserts, so this looks perfect.

  9. So sorry, Susan. Rooting for you, too!

  10. Rooting for Hank, Susan, and Rhys!!! And so sorry to be missing Hank as toastmaster--Hank, you will be amazing.

    But in the meantime, Lucy, I may just have to make that lemon thingy. I LOVE lemon. There is no such thing as too lemony for me, unless it's too sweet, so that looks right up my alley. And we are getting the most fabulous eggs at the farmers market right. I'm looking for ways to use them.

    Have fun at Malice everyone!

  11. Best of luck to Hank and Rhys. Since my retirement plan to travel across the country one mystery convention at a time has quite worked out yet, guess I'll just have to make this fabulous lemon goody and read some of the nominated books.

  12. I'm sad not to be at Malice, but this pie! Honey! this sounds deliciously decadent - thank you!

    And. Hope to see everyone I'll be missing at Malice in New Orleans this year for Bouchercon.

    Wishing our Reds nominees best of luck and sending hugs

  13. Sorry to have left you out Susan--three Reds nominees this weekend, hooray!

    Grandma Cootie, that sounds like such a good retirement plan, hope you'll be able to make it work. And Kaye, I know they are all missing you too!

  14. Congratulations, Susan . . . we're rooting for you!

  15. That looks delicious, Lucy -- call me a lemon lover too! -- thanks for sharing.

    Cheers to Susan, Hank, and Rhys!

  16. Fingers crossed, candles burning! Hooray Susan, Hank, and Rhys! This lemon bomb looks fabulous.

  17. So wish that I could be there in person to root for Susan, Hank, and Rhys. Good luck to you amazing ladies!

    Lucy, this pie/cake sounds amazing. I hope to try it soon.

  18. oh, this sounds SO good. I have to try it. Good luck to the Reds, and all the noms.

  19. This sounds divine! Does anyone have a lemon tree?

  20. Pie will be comfort . . . and while you write, I'll read . . . <3