Greek Honey Cake

Greek Honey Cake

I adjusted this recipe for a little less sweetness. It was actually good even without the syrup. It is a bit like baklava without all the fuss. I brought this as a dessert to a greek themed dinner with good friends. Original recipe by CaliforniaJan.

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IMG_3072.jpgINGREDIENTS

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts

SYRUP

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and orange rind. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in the walnuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then cut into diamond shapes. Pour honey syrup over the cake.

For the Honey Syrup: In a saucepan, combine the honey, sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is not just a chocolate cake, it is a CHOCOLATE cake. Deeply, densely and INTENSELY chocolate. I was in a hurry to make this for a party so the photos are not great but I had to share. From Bon Apetit 2006. This is gluten free.  

 

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Cake
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, diced
18 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
6 large eggs

 

Ganache
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (optional)

Additions
2 tablespoons Chambord Liquor (optional)
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

PREPARATION

For cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment round; butter parchment. Wrap 2 layers of heavy-duty foil around outside of pan, bringing foil to top of rim. Combine 1 cup water and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk sugar syrup into chocolate; cool slightly. Add eggs to chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come halfway up sides of cake pan.

Bake cake until center no longer moves when pan is gently shaken, about 50 minutes. Remove from water bath; transfer to rack. Cool completely in pan.

For ganache:
Bring whipping cream to simmer in small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Add the peanut butter or liquor if you desire. Pour over top of cake still in pan. Gently shake pan to distribute ganache evenly over top of cake. Refrigerate cake in pan until ganache is set, about 2 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.

Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake; release sides. Cut cake into wedges.

Lemon Glazed Yogurt Cake

Lemon Glazed Yogurt Cake

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Everyone has a go-to cake that they pull out for guests, baby showers, when you see that Meyer lemons are available… both of these occurred at the same time this week. I had 2 neighbors that I see when I am out walking and decided it was past time to have them to tea. We had tea at 5 but I am not a stickler for these sort of things. This is simple a wonderful cake. Moist and lemony. This is wonderful without Meyer lemons but if you get a chance try them. A cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange they are just wonderful. This was adapted from a recipe in the “New California Cook” which called for sour cream and lemon extract but I tweaked until I got it the way I wanted.

This can be made 3 days in advance and kept at room temperature, tightly covered. It also freezes well, tightly wrapped for up to 2 months.

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Cake
1 3/4 all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon of lemon zest (I used the zest of 2 lemons)
2 tsps of fresh lemon juice
1 cup plain greek yogurt

Glaze
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour a 9 inch Bundt pan.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, lemon zest and juice and mix for about 2 more minutes.
  4. Reduce the speed to low and add half the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Add half the yogurt, and then the rest of the flour and then ending with the yogurt.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a plate. Make the glaze while the cake is still warm.
  6. To make the glaze sift the powdered sugar into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and zest, whisking to break up any lumps.
  7. Using a long skewer poke holes in the cake, almost going through the bottom. Brush on the glaze with a brush giving it time to absorb.