Baker's Corner: Citrus & Summer

Gosh, it's hard to follow up that last post with the big news. Although, if there is going to be something to follow that up, I think baked goods is it. Everyone loves baked goods, right? If you don't, I know don't if we can be friends anymore. I kid. Maybe. 

I realized besides the pie post, I really haven't done a baker's corner in a while. I think part of the issue is that it's summer and it's hot, and my baked goods slows. Summer started earlier than usual here, and who wants the oven on during a hot day (note: no air conditioning either)? 

Hot weather doesn't always stop me, though. I made two pretty delicious recipes that were no bake. Also, I tend to love citrus flavors in the warmer weather. Let's dive in...

Blood Orange Loaf Cake (Annie's Eats): This is very much like a pound cake, but with a citrus twist. We received some blood oranges in our Full Circle box, so I decided to try this recipe out. I made it for dessert when I had a co-worker come over for dinner. It turned out great. I ran out of oranges for the candied orange top, so I did lemon instead. My only note/tip on this recipe is to be sure to have 3-4 blood oranges rather than just the two I had on hand.

Creamy Lemon Crumb Bars (Pioneer Woman): These are a favorite of mine. I've probably shared them before, but they are just so good plus easy to make. I like lemon bars, but I like these better. I just love the crumb topping and the sweet, just slightly tangy center. Oh so good. If you make anything from this post, make these.

Lemon Yogurt Sheet Cake (Mel's Kitchen): I made these for dessert when we went over to a friend's house to watch the season finale of Game of Thrones. Lemon cakes are Sansa Stark's favorite, so it seemed fitting. This seemed more of a snack type cake to me, but still quite tasty with just a bit of chewiness. I used two round cake pans instead of the rectangle pan - you know, to classic them up. 

Rustic Peach Galette (Sally's Baking Addiction): Do you call it a galette, crostada, or a tart? Just depends where you're from because they are all essentially the same thing (read it here). Luckily, they all sound rather fancy. For this recipe, I just used all peaches - five peaches did just the trick. I also left out most of the fruit juices to avoid it from spreading out and getting too goopy. This was so yummy with a bit of vanilla ice cream. Do it. Do it.

Brown Butter Peanut Butter Crispy Treats (Girl vs. Dough / Joy the Baker): You can probably make these in the amount of time it takes you to say their name. These are a delicious, quick, and best yet no bake treat. Salty and sweet with some gooey and crunch. I made these since I really wanted to make something but it was just too hot. The recipe is in my Joy the Baker cookbook, but I found the recipe online for you, too. 

Fooled thought I was done after all the above, but no there's more. 

No-Bake Banana Cream Cheesecakes (How Sweet It Is): These were our 4th of July treat. It was another hot day, and the oven was not going to be turned on - heck no. Josh and I had both drooled about banana pudding the night before, so naturally I made these. They were pretty good. I'm not a huge cheesecake fan, but I have to say these are quite tasty. These especially fun since I put them in little jars - too cute. I ended up using cool whip for the topping instead of making it - shortcuts are allowed, you with me? 

The World's Best Chocolate Cake (Pinch of Yum): This was quite a success. I love oats - anything oaty always gets me - and chocolate is good, but I'm not a die hard chocolate girl (so sue me!). When I saw these I figured it would be the perfect fit for me - a nice chocolate treat but not crazy with oats! I made them for the office potluck, and I think it was the first dessert to go. I would name them Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cakey Brownies if I had originated the recipe, though. These are like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies meet chocolate cake. 

Banana Carrot Cake (Mel's Kitchen): I decided to make this when I had too many carrots and too many bananas. It was very moist and delicious - great for breakfast or a snack, and maybe dessert if you wanted something sweet but not crazy-dessert sweet. I love a good loaf cake and it makes breakfast so enjoyable.

And there you have it. I hope this inspires you to go to the kitchen and make something delicious!!