We prefer Meyer lemons; however, if you can't find them, you can substitute regular (Eureka) lemons. Look for lemons with thin skins. Do not substitute table salt for the kosher salt. Depending on the size of your lemons, you may need more or less lemon juice to cover the lemons. You will need a 1-quart glass Mason jar for this recipe. The preserved lemons can be refrigerated for up to six months.
Releasing the cookies immediately after removing them from the oven also proved crucial. To avoid imprinting lines on our cookies from wire cooling racks, we turned the cookies out onto a tea towel, tapping the mold gently on the counter to release them, if needed. To coat the molds, mix two teaspoons of melted butter with one teaspoon of all-purpose flour. Brush the molds and rims thoroughly, but not thickly, with this mixture.
If you prefer, you can grind the carrots in a food processor rather than grate them by hand. If you add the optional currants and walnuts, the cupcakes will need to bake an additional 7 to 10 minutes. If you use walnuts, toast a few extra and use them as a garnish. This recipe is easily doubled.
For this Chocolate Layer Cake recipe, we recommend Dutch-processed cocoa, which has a better flavor. “Blooming” the cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate with hot water and instant espresso produced the strongest chocolate flavor.
For an accurate measurement of boiling water, bring a full kettle of water to a boil, then measure out the desired amount.
Be sure to buy unsweetened canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, which is preseasoned and sweetened. This is a fairly stiff batter that takes a bit of stirring to incorporate the liquid ingredients into the dry. Stop mixing as soon as the batter comes together.
Dijon and yellow mustards also work well in the glaze, but make certain to use apple jelly (which is translucent), not apple butter (which is opaque). Look for a pork roast with about 1/4 inch of fat on top and tie the roast at 1-inch intervals to ensure an even shape. Keep a squirt bottle of water on hand during browning.