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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

Irish Soda Bread

With St. Patrick's Day coming up in a few days, I thought it would be nice to finally try making Irish Soda Bread. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but when I took it out of the oven it looked like a giant biscuit! How exciting is that?! Who doesn't love biscuits?

It was really good! It had a bit of sweetness coming from the sugar in the recipe so we put butter and jam on it. It would also be nice with raisins as I see a lot of recipes for Irish soda bread have raisins in them. I think it would also be nice with cheddar in it, but then I don't know how Irish it would be.

Whatever you decide to do with it, you should definitely give this recipe a try. It comes together in minutes, but takes quite a while to bake up, and you need to let it cool before you cut into it or bad things will happen.






Irish Soda Bread
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
12 servings (1 loaf)

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F and lightly grease a loaf pan (I also used a piece of parchment just in case).
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Beat together the egg and buttermilk, then add all at once to the flour. Stir just until combined. Finally, stir in the butter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. It looks full doesn't it? I thought it would overflow so I put a piece of foil under the pan. It did rise, but it didn't go over the edges.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. I checked it after 1 hour and it was still wet inside so I let it go for another 15 and it was perfect.
  6. Let your bread cool for 15 minutes in he pan and then tip it out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Apparently it tastes better if you let it rest for several hours or overnight, but I don't have that kind of patience, do you?
  7. Serve it with butter and jam, or add raisins to the batter before baking.

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