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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

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (2)

This soup is slightly different from the recipe I posted in 2010, also titled Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. This version doesn't have cinnamon or chickpeas - I added paprika instead. Use homemade broth, or store-bought ones with no salt so you can add the salt to taste. Sometimes the store-bought ones have too much. 

Tomatoes and roasted peppers from a jar may also be used in place of fresh, but I don't have measurements for those. I'm sure 1 cup (diced) of each would work fine.

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (2)
Makes 6-8 servings

  • 4 large red bell peppers
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 box no salt chicken broth (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup half & half cream
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped
  1. Place the peppers and tomatoes on a hot grill, or in a preheated 425F oven (on foil). Grill or bake for as long as it takes the tomatoes and peppers to get charred and soft. The tomatoes will take much less time. Check on them after 10 minutes. You don’t want them to fall apart or lose all the juice.
  2. Transfer the grilled veggies to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to let them steam a bit. The skin should peel right off. Remove the core from the tomatoes and the stems/seeds from the peppers as well.
  3. Roughly chop the tomatoes and 3 of the peppers. I did this in a large bowl so I didn't lose any of the juices. Set them aside. You don’t need to get fancy here as you’re going to puree the soup later.
  4. Chop the other pepper into smaller pieces; we’ll add these to the soup after the rest has been pureed.
  5. Heat a pot over medium high heat and cook the onions in butter until they start to turn golden. Stir them regularly.
  6. Now stir in the salt, pepper and paprika and cook for a minute more. Stir in the tomatoes and roughly chopped peppers, followed by the broth. Simmer this for about 10 minutes. You can add some of the basil if you want, but save most of it for the end.
  7. Using a hand blender, puree the soup until it’s smooth. You can also use a blender for this and then transfer it back to the pot.
  8. Stir in the cream and the rest of the peppers and basil. Bring it back up to a simmer. Serve hot.  


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