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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

Black Bean Soup with Chipotle and Toasted Cumin Seed Sour Cream

I love the flavour of cumin! If you don't, this may not be the soup for you. 



Black Bean Soup with Chipotle and Toasted Cumin Seed Sour Cream
Adapted from smitten kitchen
Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 can black beans, with brine
  • 2 cups broth (I used beef today)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions
  1. For the sour cream; place the cumin seeds in a pan over medium heat and let them toast until they’re fragrant and starting to turn golden. Coarsely grind the seeds (you can use a grinder if you want) and stir half into the sour cream. Reserve the other half for the soup. Season with salt and pepper then refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and peppers and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they start to turn golden. Add garlic, the rest of the cumin and ground chipotle stirring for about a minute. Add the beans and stock. Cover and cook on medium for 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree until smooth then return it to the pot. Stir in lime juice, salt, and pepper. Serve with sour cream and chopped green onions.

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