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Recipe: Southern Lemon Cake

I recently read “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes. A rather excellent book I must say. Lots of food and recipes and Italy in general. I was deeply enthralled from page 1.

I have since discovered that she does sell the oil produced in her Italian home (though I don’t know if its exclusively her olive trees at work for the oil if you read the page). And only $285 including shipping for a CASE (12 bottles in 500 ml size – $23.75 a bottle) of olive oil. Not too bad really. And its a cold press olive oil too. Hard for me to resist. Really it is. And since the deadline is Dec 10 I still have time for this year’s harvest. Hmmm.

Anyway I digress. In her book she had a recipe that I knew I had to make as soon as I read it. I just changed it a bit to suit me since I really rather dislike lemon zest. But my love of lemon is too much. This was an awesome cake. In her book Mayes suggested serving with pears, cherries or strawberries. Any and all of those would have been delicious but it was very good on its own!

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1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice

Glaze – 1/4 cup butter (I used real butter for this)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

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Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

I look forward to these all year long! When these:

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…become these:

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Yes, I know you can grow a variety of green tomato just to do this with year round…but I live in an apartment with no patio and am limited by what people can give me or I can find at the grocery store or farmer’s markets.

Slices of green tomato
cornmeal
salt & pepper
milk (I imagine buttermilk would be lovely!)

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Recipe: Bread Pudding

I love making bread pudding in the summer, especially for summer breakfasts when the heat of the day hasn’t hit yet. It takes a lot of eggs and milk so I usually only make this when they are on sale. This is also very good for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I tend to ramp up the spices and richness.

(1) 12″ loaf of day old French bread, cubed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional, I prefer not putting this in)
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 cups evaporated milk, milk or buttermilk (depending on preference/availabilty – I prefer evap. milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

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Recipe: The Best Ever Cheesecake

This recipe is literally the best recipe you could ever need for cheesecake. I’m serious. It produces such a rich, tasty product that you don’t actually need to put anything on it or with it. A good cheesecake should always be able to be consumed on its own without all the “frills”. Don’t make this unless you have time to “babysit” it. The cooking method is what makes a cheesecake a cheesecake.

Beautiful isn’t it??

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (or digestive biscuits if you happen to have those on hand!)
1/3 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (it gives it a nice kick but isn’t needed)

For the filling:

(4) 8 ounce blocks of cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk (sometimes I replace 1/4 cup of the evap. milk with buttermilk)
1 tablespoon vanilla

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Recipe: Quick and Easy Scones

In the past I have bagged up/bottled the mixed dry ingredients and given it away as a Christmas gift. Nothing easier than this recipe, but its so good. Especially fresh out of the oven with tea.

3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons powdered buttermilk (omit if using fresh buttermilk)
3/4 cup butter
1 cup water (or buttermilk if using fresh)

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Recipe: The “So-easy-how-come-its-not-from-a-box” Cake

Seriously this cake is as easy as a boxed cake but completely from scratch. And its so rich you only need one piece. Really you do!!

This recipe comes to me via my paternal grandmother. She is not sure how long she has had it, 1950s at least. It resembles recipes available as early as the 20s so I’m honestly not sure about it. But it is a no fail cake and definitely the kind of thing where people ask for the recipe!

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