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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

Egg Free Banana Date Loaf (quick bread)

I took this Egg Free Date Muffin recipe and added bananas. Because the dates and the bananas are naturally sweet, I halved the amount of sugar (and used brown instead of white). It turned out GREAT!

You could also use the recipe to make 12 muffins, just be sure to adjust the cooking time. 30 minutes should be plenty of time for muffins. Be sure to test with a toothpick.

Use vegan butter or coconut oil to replace the butter and make this vegan. 


Egg Free Banana Date Loaf (quick bread) 
Makes 1 loaf or 12 muffins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup butter (vegan if desired), softened
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, mix dates, baking soda, sugar, butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Add boiling water and stir it up. Let cool for 10 or 15 minutes. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • Mix flours together then stir in the date mixture until well combined. Pour into the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Tips:
  • You could add nuts to this. Everyone knows they go well with banana bread! You could probably substitute the dates with blueberries or chocolate chips but I haven't tried.

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