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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

Dates with Walnuts and Coconut

Now that I'm not eating sweets and baked goods like I used to, I had to come up with something that I would enjoy with my tea. I wanted something fast and healthy. 

I remembered that my mother-in-law makes these dates with walnuts inside, and then sprinkles coconut on top. This is almost too easy! Make as many as you want. I store them in a container in the fridge, but they are fine on the counter. None of the items really need to be refrigerated. 




Dates with Walnuts and Coconut
Makes 12 dates

Ingredients
  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 12 raw walnut halves
  • 1-2  tablespoon shredded coconut (unsweetened or sweetened is up to you)
Directions
  1. Use a knife to make a slit on one side of the dates. You should be able to pop the pits right out. They come already pitted, but why pay more when it's easy to pit them yourself?
  2. Insert a walnut half into each date. Arrange them fancifully on a plate and sprinkle the coconut on top.
  3. Done.

Comments

  1. Ooh I love the addition of coconut to these - never though of adding it before! Yum yum! Have you tried sprinkling the insides with cinnamon before putting the nuts in...it's SO good! :)

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