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Italian Lemon Cake

This Italian lemon pound cake is a recipe that I'd had my eye on for a long time. I finally made it back in April! I skipped adding frosting but if you visit the original recipe it'll tell you how to make it. The glaze needed a lot more lemon juice than the recipe called for. I used 5 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was still very thick. The cake itself isn’t very lemony so you really do need either the glaze or the frosting to bring the lemon flavour to this recipe. I'm not complaining though, it was still really delicious! Italian Lemon Cake Adapted from My Recipe Confessions Makes 1 Cake Ingredients For the Cake 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 teaspoon vanilla For the Glaze 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 5+ tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease and flour a bundt or cake p

Brined and Barbecued Chicken Recipe

It was my first time using a brine. It really does help the chicken turned out extra juicy!


Brined and Barbecued Chicken
Original recipe from Allrecipes.com
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 chicken pieces with or without skin and bones
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 4 cups ice or cold water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves
  • barbecue sauce
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix warm water with salt & sugar until dissolved. Add soy sauce and olive oil. Add ice cubes or cold water. Either way, make sure the mixture is cool before adding to the chicken.
  2. In a large zipper bag or container, place the brine with the onion and garlic. Add the chicken and set in the fridge for 4 - 24 hours.
  3. When ready to use, rinse the chicken pieces several times in cold water and then pat dry with paper towels. Don't skip this step or you may end up with really salty chicken.
  4. Grill the chicken until it's cooked through. Brush barbecue sauce on the chicken and grill for another minute or two on each side. Cover and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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