Lemon Cake from Ina

Lemon Pound Cake

What do you do when you have a bag of lemons and a free afternoon?  You bake Ina Garten’s wonderful Lemon Cake that’s what you do.  Then step back snap a photo, slice  it up, and take it to all your friends!!!  This cake has been one of GI Joe’s favorite cakes for the past three years that I have been whipping it up.  The cake reminds me of the one that Starbuck’s sells by the slice.  Starbuck’s texture is a little more dense , but the flavors are almost identical.  Freeze by the slice and you will save yourself a boatload of money.     Today I made it in this new Wilton 16 in. x 4 in. loaf pan that my longtime friend Connie bragged about.   The cake came out lovely.  The only drawback is how to store it without cutting it in half.  If you have any ideas let me know!

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Cardamom Poundcake with Plums

YUM

Cardamom is my new favorite flavor!  I loved it in these cheesecakes and when I saw this pound-cake in Bon Appetit I knew that I had to make it.  Little did I know of the trouble that this seemingly simple recipe would cause.

Finding cardamom pods in Douglasville can be a little difficult.  I did find the pods at the Indian market.  The anise pods were a little more difficult.  Really the cake part was easy.  It was the plum sauce that seemed to be just out of my reach.  It took me several times to finally get the knack.  The first go round produced plums that were just way too mushy.  I did save that liquid and used the plums by pushing them through a sieve.  The next time I cooked more plums  using the liquid I saved.  I shortened the cooking time greatly which worked.

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Quesadillas

cheesy

We all want that quick fix for dinner.  I’ve found that perfect fix.  Quesadillas!!  They are fast, easy, so versatile and above all tasty.  My students made these last week and they had a blast.

The photo is from my second period.  I was so impressed with their work.  I loved their extra effort and their super excitement in class.  And yes they will get extra credit.

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Crispy Baked Hot Wings

Hot wings

Oh Yes!  Baked Wings you can make that will knock your socks off.  And they are just in time for your Super Bowl party.  You’ll  be so proud of yourself for pulling this off without all of the calories of frying.  I cannot think of anyone that does not love hot wings, but I’ll be the first to say that I cannot eat them without the guilt.  We now can  because of the recipe that I saw posted from my friend Diana last year during the super bowl from this fabulous blog.  Yes, a year ago.   I’ve made these a dozen times and have enjoyed them immensely.  Today I made them for lunch and finally could take a decent photo. So  here it is for all of you to try.  You’ll never buy them again.

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Italian Sausage Tomato Cups

Italian Sausage Tomato Cups

These are perfect for Sunday’s Superbowl Game!  They’re so cute and so good. Think spicy pizza bites, but better.  Carter said, “This is in the top three Mrs. Lupo!”  Now that’s good!  Two years ago I was introduced to this variation and they were a hit.  I wanted to try them again but with a little change-up.  It worked well.  If you are trying to make out a Superbowl menu make sure you serve these little cups.  They are super easy and will be a party pleaser for sure.

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Drop Sugar Cookies

Drop Sugar cookies

This is the easiest sugar cookies recipe I have ever made. It is a winner from Betty Crocker. I will have to admit that when I read through the recipe I was very skeptical about its outcome, but now after 28 times making them, it’s a beauty! I knew immediately that I could get these cookies in the oven and my students out the door in a 45 minute class. Now just think what you could do with this recipe. In a pinch you could make them before breakfast, have them packed and ready to head out the door with you to celebrate a birthday at lunch! It does not get better than that.

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Cinnamon Rolls made in a Muffin Tin

Yum!

Cinnamon Rolls can make a grown man cry! With that said make these for the favorite man in your life.  You’ll be queen for the day or maybe for the week.  This can be a no-brainer if you can make basic biscuit dough.  If you’ve never made biscuits before just cut yourself a little slack and practice, practice, practice!

My students love this lab!  I’m not such a fan.  I’m more of a savory person, but really can go for  one of these with a good cup of coffee.    So get in the kitchen and whip some of these mouth-watering cinnamon rolls up for someone special.

Last spring GI Joe and I were in Halifax on a very cold, blustery day and walked into a very busy coffee shop Cabin Coffee to be exact.  Guess what we found?  Cinnamon rolls going like hot cake made with biscuit dough not the usual yeast dough.     They were cooked in a huge muffin pan and as soon as they came out of the oven they were flying out the door.  I’ve  never seen anything like it.  So here you go –   my Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Tin.  Yes,  this is something else that you can enjoy with your family  in this coming week of frigid temperatures.

Here are a few pictures to help if you are visual person like me.

Dough is kneaded and ready to press into a rectangle.

Kneaded dough

Press the dough into a rectangle and place the sugar and cinnamon on top.

Cinnamon and sugar

Rolled and ready to cut.  To make sure they are equal in size put indentions in the dough to help when cutting.

Rolled and ready to cut

Place in greased muffins tins.

Ready to bake

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Tin

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour ( I use White Lily)
  • 4 tablespoons Crisco
  • 2/3 to 3/4 milk ( I use buttermilk)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons milk (DO NOT add all at once)

Directions:  Check here for a step-by-step photo gallery of how to make the dough.

  1. Using a pastry blender cut Crisco into flour until it is the size of peas.
  2. Make a well in the center of flour.
  3. Add about 2/3 cup of milk.  Do not add all of it.
  4. Stir with a fork until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl.  If the dough seems dry add a little more milk.
  5. Pour the dough on a floured surface.  I use wax paper because you can just throw it away.
  6. Knead the dough 4-5 times.
  7. Press dough out into a 9 x 13 inch rectangle.
  8. Cover the dough with 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  9. Roll up the dough starting at the long end.  Roll as tightly as you can.  Dough may tear and stick to the paper.  Don’t worry just use a straight edge to push the dough off the paper and pinch the holes together with your fingers.
  10. Pinch the long edge together.
  11. Cut into 12 pieces.  I use dental floss by slipping it under the dough and crisscrossing it.
  12. Place in greased muffin pan.
  13. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  14. Mix powdered sugar with  teaspoon vanilla.  Add milk a little at the time to get a spreadable consistency.
  15. Using a spoon or spatula spread icing on cinnamon rolls while hot.
  16. Enjoy!

Yum!

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