Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 158: Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries

Today, my oldest son is getting his learners permit (hopefully).  So this will be a quick one!  I was thinking of adapting this recipe to use in a cook off.  It needs a bottom crust to be able to be served on a DO lid.  I was planning on coming up with a crust, but as it was, I didn't have time. 

Lemon Whirligigs with Raspberries
10" dutch oven

2/3 cups sugar
2 Tbs. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup water
3 cups fresh raspberries


1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbs. shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbs. half and half
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs. butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
Whipping cream and additional raspberries

In an 8 or 10" DO, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Gradually add water; bring to a boil.  I used as many coals as I could fit under my DO.  Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until sauce thickens.  Place raspberries in a 10" DO; pour the hot sauce over the top.  Bake at 400* for 10 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.

For the whirligigs:

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl; cut in shortening until crumbly.  Combine the egg and cream; stir into dry ingredients to form a stiff dough.  Shape into a ball; place on a lightly floured surface.  Roll into a 12 x 6 rectangle.  Combine sugar, butter and lemon peel; spread over dough.  Roll up, jelly roll style, starting with the long side.  Cut into 10 slices; pat each slice slightly to flatten.  Place on top of the berry mixture.  Bake at 400* for 15 minutes or until the whirligigs are golden.  Use 1 1/2 rings on top and 1 ring on the bottom.  Garnish with cream and raspberries.  Serves 10.

The Finished Product

The Review

This was really good.  The whirligigs had a great lemon flavor the complimented the raspberries perfectly.  It was also really easy to make.  I personally think it needs a nice lightly lemony crust, but like I said, I didn't have time to come up with one.  That will have to become one of my projects.  I'll make this again, especially for company.  Its really pretty.  This gets a B+.


  1. Toni, those look delightful!

    Unless there are special rules for the cook-off your are going to, you could possibly serve them individually on the lid and fill in the gaps with garnish, such as whole raspberries or lemon slices. If you want to do the crust, how about a nice lemon shortbread?

    Good Luck in the cook-off, and don't forget to have a little fun while you are there too!

  2. Lemon shortbread is what I want to make for a crust for this one. It would be yummy!


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