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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

Apple Pancakes

Here's still one more way to use up those fabulous apples of the season. Use a cooking apple for this (I used McIntosh) because they won't have long to cook.

I took my favourite pancake recipe, added a bit of maple extract and dipped the apple slices in it. You can dip about 3 apples. I didn't count how many pancakes I got out of it, but the 4 of us ate and we could easily feed another 3 or 4 people. Serve them with some fresh fruit if you like.

Whenever my mom used to make apple pancakes, we'd always just sprinkle them with sugar and eat them like that, but my kids like syrup of course. Also, I leave the skin on the apples, and use a mandolin to slice them because it's faster. Watch your fingers.






Apple Pancakes
Adapted from Allrecipes.com
Serves 6-8 people

Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 cooking apples, sliced to about 1/8" (use a mandolin)
Directions
  1. In a measuring cup, measure out the milk and add the vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Don't be alarmed by the vinegar (you won't taste it) or the curdled look. You could replace this mixture with 2 cups of buttermilk if you want to.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk. Make a well in the centre and add the milk mixture. Add the eggs and butter then whisk until well combined.
  3. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Brush on some butter. Dip the apple slices one at a time into the batter until they're well coated.
  4. Drop a few pancakes into the pan (don't overcrowd it or you won't be able to flip them easily). Cook for a few minutes until bubbles appear on the surface and it starts to look like it's getting dry, flip and continue to cook for another minute or two until the second side is golden. Repeat with the remaining apple slices.
  5. Place the cooked pancakes onto an oven proof plate and keep them in the oven on very low heat until they're all cooked and ready to serve.

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