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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

Almond Coconut Cookies

I made a Masurka cake for Easter that only used the yolks of the eggs, so I had to find a way to use up the whites. I wasn't in the mood for an omelette, but I'm always in the mood for some sugar.

These cookies were crispy, chewy and delicious! And really easy to make. I made the first few on a Silpat and they didn't want to come off easily. Parchment worked a little better.

They spread quite a bit, so leave at least 2" between them. You can see in my image below, that they were spreading quickly. I took the picture immediately after I put the tray in the oven. The next few batches I only baked 6 at a time.

Above: It's a little less runny after 10 minutes.




Almond Coconut Cookies
Makes 24-26 cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups ground almonds
  • 3/4 cup ground sweetened coconut
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon rose water (optional but delicious)
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon for just about a minute until it comes together. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes so it can thicken a bit. 
  2. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, place mounds of dough at least 2" apart. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden.
  4. Let them cool almost completely before transferring to a wire rack, or they will fall apart as you try to lift them. I made them yesterday, stored them on a plate covered with plastic wrap and they're still crispy and chewy today.
Tip:
  • I just gave my almonds a buzz in the Vitamix (skin and all), then measure. I did the same for the sweetened shredded coconut. 

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