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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

Easy Lasagne

I pulled out some ground beef and I didn't really have any plans for it. I had a beautiful tub of fresh ricotta in the fridge so I put them together to make, what I think, is an easy lasagne.



Easy Lasagne

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 cups pasta sauce (home made or jar)
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, turmeric, Italian seasoning blend, dried oregano, paprika
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, diced (I used red)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 15 lasagne noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan or other hard cheese
  • salt and pepper
Directions
  1. Combine sauce and spices. Set aside.
  2. In a little olive oil, fry onions, celery and peppers for 5 minutes until softened. Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes until browned. Add 1/3 cup of sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes. Set aside. I used a jar of sauce and added my own spices. If you use a homemade sauce, you can still add the additional spice mixture. It's really yummy.
  3. Combine ricotta, egg and 2 tablespoons parmesan with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 5 minutes. They will be only slightly tender.
  5. In a large glass baking dish, place 1/3 cup sauce. Place 5 noodles on top of the sauce then distribute the meat mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle on 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup parmesan. Add another layer of 5 noodles. Put half of the remaining sauce over the noodles followed by the cheese mixture. Place the last layer of noodles on followed by the rest of the sauce and cheeses. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until noodles are completely cooked.

Comments

  1. mmmm this looks amazing! Ive always been scared of making lasagna because i feel like ill be bad at it! Ill have to give it a shot! you've inspired me:) yay I'm your 30th follower!!!

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