The Ultimate Lemon Pound Cake

My dad recently purchased the Costco pack of lemons- with only 3 of us in the house and no plan for the lemons I don’t really know what he was thinking…but I figured I could make use of them for I don’t know when else there would be 15 lemons laying around the house.
In my youth I lived in Italy and we had 2 huge lemon trees in our yard. Naturally us kids developed a love for homemade lemonade, and my mother a love for homemade Limoncello- we always manage to have some hidden around the house. I figured I would add this to the recipe to tang up the flavor a bit. When making the Ultimate Lemon Cake I knew I would need lots of lemon zest and juice to really get that wonderful lemon punch. This cake did not disappoint me from the name; it was perfectly moist, lemony, flavorful, overall just the ultimate lemon cake. I had to eat a piece… or two… instantly!
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Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt – (Chobani Lemon would make it extra lemony but I used Greek God’s Honey Vanilla Yogurt)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 Tbs Limoncello
  • 4 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbs Limoncello
  • 2-4 Tbs Lemon Juice (adjust as necessary)
  • 1 Tbs lemon zest

For the whipped cream topping (optional):

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup yogurt (Chobani Lemon is best)
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil, lemon zest, Limoncello, and lemon juice.
  3.   In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until incorporated, 15-20 stirs, being careful not to over mix.
  4.  Spray an 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.  Pour the batter into the pan.  Bake about 40 minutes for the larger loaf pan or until a tester comes out clean and the top of the cake is golden. Cool the cake in the pan for about 5 minutes.  Remove from pans and continue cooling on a wire rack.
  5. When the cake is cool, whisk the powdered sugar with Limoncello and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth.  Drizzle the glaze over the cake
  6. For the whipped cream whip the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and lemon juice until soft peaks are formed then fold in yogurt.

The family was quite happy with this cake. It is easy to do, fairly light for a pound cake, and perfect summer. Would be ideal at a picknik or bbq! I of course had the whipped cream and even a bit of vanilla ice cream on mine 🙂

Happy Summer

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Dark Chocolate Drizzled Coconut Macaroons

 

Today after a long day hiking to Huckleberry Lookout in Glacier Park I just had to make a special treat. I was craving some coconut and these cookies definitely get me my coconut fix. Not only are the extremely simple to make but are gluten free and paleo diet friendly!

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Ingredients: (makes about 24 cookies)

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 14 oz. bag of coconut (about 5 cups)
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest 
    Dark Chocolate chips for drizzling or dipping

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl whip eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt (if you are adding orange zest it is added now as well) until glossy and very frothy
  3. Fold in coconut.
  4. Scoop mixture into balls of about 2 TBSP and place on parchment paper
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes of until top of cookies are golden brown
  6. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle them onto the cookies or dip them as desired 

So easy and so good! These will certainly satisfy any coconut craving with or without chocolate Image

 Happy summer everyone! 

First Post!

After graduating high school this past Saturday I have decided to turn my love of baking into a blog for summer. The sun has finally reached isolated Montana; with Farmer’s Market and many wonderful summer events, cooking inspiration is everywhere! When I’m not out hiking, running, or adventuring I will probably be in the kitchen making something splendid 🙂
Many recipes, tips, and tales to come 
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(My family and I at graduation)