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LEMON CURD LAYER CAKE!

Tall and beautiful, sweet and tart, this cake has lots of lemon flavor and plenty of style, too. It's the perfect finale for a St. Patrick's Day dinner or other special occasion.








Ingredients For lemon curd2 1/3cupssugar2teaspoonscornstarch1cupfresh lemon juice4large eggs4large egg yolks3/4cup(1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces For frosting3/4cuppowdered sugar2cupschilled whipping cream For cake1 1/2cupscake flour1 1/2cupssugar2 1/2teaspoonsbaking powder3/4teaspoonsalt4large egg yolks1/4cupvegetable oil1/4cuporange juice1 1/2teaspoonsgrated lemon peel8large egg whites1/4teaspooncream of tartarLemon slices, halved, patted dry Preparation Make lemon curd: Combine 2 1/3 cups sugar and 2 teaspoons cornstarch in heavy medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in fresh lemon juice. Whisk in eggs and yolks; add butter. Whisk over medium heat until curd thickens and boils, about 12 minutes. Pour into medium bowl. Refrigerate until cold, at least 5 hours. DO AHEADCan be pr…

THE ORIGINS OF THE EASTER EGG HUNT!

For Christians across the world Easter is a sacred day that marks Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. But alongside celebratory church services and religious festivities, for Christians and non-Christians alike, Easter has also become a day to enjoy Easter chocolate and candy, family fun and of course an Easter egg hunt. From coast to coast, families across America enjoy the thrill of hiding and then hunting for Easter gifts tucked away in the house or somewhere in the yard.






    But where did the tradition start?? And why is it that Easter is celebrated with an egg hunt? To understand why the Easter egg hunt became such an important part of the Easter tradition, we have to begin by considering why eggs became associated with the holiday in the first place. And surprisingly enough it's our pre-Christian past that holds the key.
    Long before Christianity, as long as three thousand years ago, the ancient Zoracstrians in Iran celebrated Nowruz, the spring equinox, w…