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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

Chocolate Caramel Sauce

Finally, after trying 3 times I managed to make a caramel sauce that's thick like it should be! You just have to get the timing right on the sugar so it doesn't burn and become bitter.



Chocolate Caramel Sauce
Makes about 1/2 cup (I didn't measure as usual)

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup half & half cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Directions
  1. Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium low heat and add the sugar spreading it evenly over the bottom of the pot.
  2. Once you see the sugar starting to melt along the edges, watch it carefully. You can start swirling it around every now and then. When the sugar melts completely and starts bubbling remove it from the heat. Don't let it get too dark because that means it's burnt and it will taste terrible. Really REALLY pay attention to the colour. A light golden colour is perfect.
  3. Now, as soon as you remove the pot from the heat whisk in the butter. Once the butter is melted and stirred in, slowly add the cream whisking the entire time. Be careful here and don't put your face close to the pot, it will bubble up. That's why it's important to use a large pot. Finally whisk in the cocoa until well combined.
  4. That's it. Now let it cool and it will become thick!

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