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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

Persian Spinach and Yogurt Dip (Borani Esfanaj)

This is delicious served as a dip or alongside one of the many Iranian rice dishes that are out there. Make sure you brown the onions and garlic enough without burning them so they become sweet rather than bitter.

Persian Spinach and Yogurt Dip (Borani Esfanaj) 
Makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt (thick is better)
  • tiny pinch of saffron dissolved in a teaspoon hot water
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Over medium high heat, fry onions and garlic in butter until golden but not burnt.
  2. Add spinach and mix well to combine.
  3. Remove from heat and cool completely before mixing with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate for several hours before use.


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