Tartine Baking Project: #48 Zucchini and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake

Yesterday we walked around our neighborhood, SANS COATS!, and soaked up some serious Vitamin D.  As always, the warm weather brought out the kiddos, the runners, the walkers…and the crazies of our lovely neighborhood.  My day was equally parts outside, and in the kitchen.  I must say that I cannot wait for the bounty of food that spring and summer promise.  I try hard to shop in season as best as I can, so I am just yearning for fresh fruit and veggies!!!  There aren’t enough exclamation marks in the world to punctuate that sentiment.  I cannot wait to bite into a peach from my favorite local farm, to go blueberry picking, and to bring baskets of veggies home from the farmers’ market.  I had a dream where I was hoarding raspberries under my bed in the summertime.  That says a lot about me on so many levels.

Zucchini!  I cannot wait to get this from our community garden!  Well, I have to wait, but I really don’t want to.

Orange marmalade!   Wasn’t it Paddington Bear that would unstuff his plush family members to get at that stuff? 

I’ve made many of the tea cakes in this cookbook, and it’s honestly one of my favorite things to make.  (Don’t ask me to pick a favorite.  Like children, they’re all special to me in different  ways.)  Tea cake is  just so simple and delivers an amazing, moist and delicious cake.  It’s the perfect thing to slip away into the kitchen, whip up, then get back outside and enjoy the pleasant shift in the weather.  The sugary crust is at the top of my list of favorite things, and I always save it for last when I’m eating a slice.  I am definitely trying to pawn off share as much of these goods as I can these days.  No one needs to eat an entire tea cake, but if I didn’t have friends to share with it with, I totally could.  And with sunny weather and days spent at the beach right around the corner, that’s just not something I want to be doing.

Oh!  I’m just about half way through this cookbook now.  I am looking forward to writing a mid-journey assessment, and I’ve been jotting down little notes to make sure I touch on.  If you have a question that you’d like me to address, please ask away!