I have the most wonderful sister-in-law. But let’s be honest…I call her my real sister because she is.
Fact: When I met Bret, I instantly had a crush on him. However, I learned shortly after meeting him that his sister’s name was Sarah. I immediately thought it would be too weird for him to date a girl with the same name as his sister. Thankfully, that turned out to be untrue. On one hand, family events can get a little bit confusing. On the other hand, now I have a funny anecdote!
But back to bragging about my sister.
She is the kind of girl you are totally mesmerized by. So gorgeous and so funny, but also quiet – in a really lovely kind of way. She is also a strong and wonderful mama to the cutest baby girl I know. I absolutely love spending time with her. Talking, laughing, and following Jesus together.
I recently celebrated my birthday (twenty-five!). When Bret and I arrived at our Community Group on Tuesday night (which is hosted by Sarah and her husband Josh), Sarah had made me a beautiful cake! And not just any cake, a LEMON TEA CAKE! It warmed my heart that my wonderful sister knows how much I love both lemon and tea! And somehow, she combined them…and, my goodness, it was delicious!
Here’s Sarah’s yummy recipe:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of white flour
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1/4 cup of olive oil (I used a mild flavored extra virgin olive oil)
- 1/3 cup of milk (whatever milk you prefer)
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest and juice of 3 lemons (zest the lemons before juicing them)
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- 9 inch circular baking tray
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease baking pan with olive oil.
- Beat eggs and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add olive oil and milk. Mix until combined.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes.
- Dust the top with powdered sugar and more lemon zest if you like!
- Enjoy! Remember to have a hot mug of tea nearby when consuming all the goodness.
* Suggestion: When I make my sister’s tea cake in the future, I am going to try steeping a bag of earl grey tea in the milk before adding it to the mixture. Yum!
Thank you again, Sarah, for being awesome! Love you, sister!