Meyer Lemon Coffee Cake
Layers of thinly sliced Meyer lemons lend a mellow complexity to this otherwise classic dessert. Thought to be a cross of a lemon and a mandarin, the fruit has an orange cast, a thin rind, and a heavily perfumed flesh that's valued by chefs.
Mildly acidic Meyer lemons are available from late fall through early spring. For the rind to soften and sweeten sufficiently during baking or roasting, slice the lemon to near-transparent thinness. A mandoline, a handheld slicer, or a sharp knife and a steady hand will do the trick.
Cake can be stored at room temperature up to 3 days. The lemon flavor will intensify with time.