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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

Melomakarona - Greek Christmas Cookies With Honey & Walnuts

It's been awhile since I had a Christmas cookie baking fest. I have a few things planned for this year including these Greek Christmas cookies. These are not healthy at all, but they are very delicious. I made them 3 times last year because they were such a hit. 

I know using that much olive oil in a cookie recipe sounds odd, but trust me, the oil is what gives these cookies their unique flavour.

For a vegan version, you may be able to use maple syrup in place of honey, but I haven't tried it.

Above: Aren't they beautiful? The indents I made with the fork help the syrup absorb.

Above: Nice and crumbly inside.

Above: I used a cookie scoop to get them all the same size, and then shaped them.

Above: Soaking in the syrup.

Melomakarona - Greek Christmas Cookies With Honey & Walnuts
Adapted from OMGfood
Makes 65-70 Cookies

Ingredients
For the Cookies
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cognac or brandy*
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
For the Syrup
  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
For the Garnish
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
  • To make the cookies; preheat the oven at 350F and line a cookie sheet (or multiple sheets) with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl mix the olive oil, cognac or brandy, orange juice, sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and orange zest. * I used more orange juice in place of the cognac. 1 cup of juice total.
  • In another bowl sift flour with baking powder and baking soda.
  • With a wooden spoon, slowly add the flour mixture to the olive oil mixture.
  • The dough should come together into a ball. If it's a little sticky, add a bit of flour as needed.
  • Roll the dough into walnut size balls, then, flatten them slightly and shape them into an oval. This is the traditional shape, but you could leave them round if you wish.
  • I used a fork to make little indentations on the tops of the cookies.
  • Place the cookies on a cookie sheet, and bake for about 25 minutes. The cookies should be firm. They don't spread that much, so 1" of space between cookies should be enough. Continue until all the dough is used up.
  • When the cookies are almost done, start your syrup.
  • To make the syrup; over medium heat, place the honey, sugar and water in a small pot and let it boil for about 5 minutes. You want it to thicken a little.
  • Keep the syrup warm until all of the cookies are done. You want to pour it over them while it's still hot.
  • I like to place the cookies in a glass baking dish in even layers, and then pour the hot syrup on top. Use more than one dish if you have to. You need to be able to turn them every few hours so both sides get to absorb some of the syrup. Sometimes it takes a day to absorb the syrup.
  • For the garnish; combine the nuts and cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture over the cookies. For a nut free version, just sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  • Store the decorated cookies in a sealed container at room temperature. I have not tried freezing them, because they don't last that long anyway.
The other treats I'm making this year are equally as unhealthy as the recipe above, but all extremely delicious. 

Gingerbread Cookies
White Chocolate Raspberry Slice Cookies
Small Batch Brown Sugar Cookies
Brownies and Blondies
Chocolate Rum Truffles
Cranberry Coconut Lemon Squares

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