Recipe Adventure: Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf

This recipe is a variation on the lemon loaf I posted a while ago. It’s pretty much the exact same recipe, adding poppy seeds. It’s got a wonderful subtle crunch and flavour.

lemon poppy seed loaf recipe

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup coconut oil

Set aside:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ¼ x 2 ½-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper if desired.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and poppy seeds into one bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.
Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
With a spatula, fold the coconut oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Then, simmer 1/3 cup lemon juice and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a pan until the sugar dissolves.

When the cake is done, cool for 10 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer, then while the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.

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Recipe Adventure: Easy Lemon Loaf Recipe

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Ingredients:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup coconut oil

Set aside:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ¼ x 2 ½-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper if desired.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into one bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.
Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
With a spatula, fold the coconut oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Then, simmer 1/3 cup lemon juice and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a pan until the sugar dissolves.

When the cake is done, cool for 10 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer, then while the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.

When the cake is completely cool, combine confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice, pour over the cake.

Garnish with toasted coconut and lemon zest if desired.

 

Recipe Adventure: Carrot Cake

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Ingredients
4 eggs
1/2 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1 whole orange zest and some juice
3 cups grated carrot

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease 2 8 inch cake pans

In a large bowl, beat together eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla.
Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon.
Stir in carrots, orange zest and juice. Fold in nuts and raisins.

Pour evenly into pans and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Cream Cheese Icing
1/4 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese
3-4 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine ingredient in mixer, beat until smooth.

Earl Grey Cake – Bridal Shower Edition

This weekend I hosted a bridal shower at our apartment. I went all out and made my first 4 layer cake, Vanilla and Chocolate Earl Grey with Earl Grey butter cream icing. I had previously blogged about this cake, but decided to experiment and do a chocolate version, the contrast when you cut it open, looks so fun!

In the next few weeks i’ll be blogging about a few of the decorations I created for the shower, but I felt the need to share the cake photos now.

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Earl Grey Cake Recipe

I recently experimented with a new cake recipe for my boyfriend’s birthday. He requested an Earl Grey flavoured cake after I raved about how good the Earl Grey donuts were from Cartems. I searched the internet for a recipe and couldn’t find anything good, so I decided to create my own and share it with you. Happy Baking!


Ingredients:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs (room temperature)
½ of a vanilla bean
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons of good quality loose leaf Eary Grey tea (whole leaf)
1 tablespoon of good quality loose leaf Eary Grey tea (ground)

Directions:

(This recipe makes one 8-inch cake)

1. Preheat oven to 345F. Lightly grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.

2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.

3. In your mixer, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon ground tea leaves until light and fluffy. The scent of the tea leaves will emerge.

4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.

5. In a small saucepan, heat milk and 3 tablespoons of whole tea leaves until just boiled, remove from heat and let steep for a few minutes until the milk changes colour. Strain out the tea leaves and set the “tea milk” aside.

6. Add the combined flour mixture into the wet mixture, and finally pour in the “tea milk”. Mix just until blended.

7. Immediately pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. (bake time may vary depending on your oven, watch closely near the end and check for doneness with a toothpick)

Icing:

1 ½ cups icing sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 ½ tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of ground earl grey tea

Combine all ingredients in your mixer and whip until the scent of the tea emerges.
You can adjust the recipe for thicker or thinner icing by using more or less icing sugar and butter.

DIY Animal Cake Topper

This is probably the most affordable and fun cake topper i’ve done ever.

1. Find your favourite plastic animals at the dollar store

2. Drill holes in their belly area just deep enough for a wooden skewer.
I didn’t have a power drill handy so I just used players and a skrew.

3. Attach bamboo skewers, they should fit in just find, no need for glue.

4. Spray  them your favourite colour, preferably one that matches your party theme.

Tip:
I find that spray painting things in a small apartment is nearly impossible, but if you place your item in a box and spray into it, you’ll limit the amount of over spray.

Recipe Adventure: Nutella Brownie Bites

By NicoleAndrew

Valentine’s Day is approaching and I thought i’d post a recipe that’s super easy and fast, yet totally AMAZING. It will leave your Valentine begging for more!

When I found this recipe, I couldn’t believe how few ingredients it had. I thought, ya right, this can’t be good at all. Truthfully, they are the most amazing little cakes! Although, they don’t really have a true brownie texture, they are more like a super moist lava cake that melts in your mouth.

Normally i’d make these little cakes in a mini cupcake pan, but since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not try small heart shaped containers!


Ingredients:

1/2 cup Nutella
1 egg
5 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
Crushed Hazelnuts or Walnuts for topping (if desired)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a mini cupcake tin.
  2. In a large glass bowl mix the Nutella and egg together until smooth.
  3. Add the flour & cocoa powder, mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Spoon batter into mini muffin tin, until about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, less time is best for a more moist cake.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes (if you can resist the temptation)

*TIP – use a glass bowl, I mixed the Nutella in a ceramic bowl one time, it was harder to mix and harder to get most of the batter out of the bowl.