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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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Exploring Cookbooks: 1953 Encyclopedia of Cooking – Cake

I wrote about Sandwiches previously. Now its time for the sweet stuff! If you have trouble reading them and want a recipe let me know, some of them are a little hard to see.

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Again just look at how colorful this book is! Book measures 6 by 8 1/2 inches and has 48 pages.
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Recipe: Snickerdoodle Cake

If you love Snickerdoodle cookies you will love this very simple and easy cake. Its wonderfully soft and moist but with a nice sweet and “spicy” kick (in that cinnamon way of being “spicy”). And its perfect for potlucks, picnics and other summer get-togethers. Matter of fact its one of the dishes I’m bringing to my family reunion in a few weeks.

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1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup butter or shortening (your preference, either works beautifully, I prefer butter)
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons cinnamon

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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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