Simple Butter Cake

I made this cake for my relative for Thanks Giving but waited to post since it would be more appropriate for Christmas or New Year. When I say butter cake, this is the Sri Lankan version of the butter cake.  It is very simple just with 4 main ingredients.  But once baked it is heavenly tasty….

Pecan Banana Bread

Banana Bread – yes, we all know banana bread and I have posted multiple banana breads with other fruit additions.  This time I thought to stay with the classic banana bread.  But I could not resist to throw in some chopped nuts since when you bite in, they give a nice crunchy feeling.  I love…

Almond Coated Jam Cookies

Ingredients: 4 oz butter 3 oz castor sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 oz self rising flour Almond meal for coating Raspberry preserves Method: Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter and set aside In a bowl beat sugar and butter together.  Then beat in the egg and vanilla…

Blueberry Coconut Loaf

This fragrant bread recipe should be baked in a 8×4 inch loaf pan.  Since I did not have that size, I baked it in the standard 9×5 inch loaf pan.  The loaf came out a little small but rose well. Ingredients: 1½ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼…

Flourless Almond Cookies

Ingredients: 2 egg whites 1 cup almond meal/ground almonds 1 cup caster sugar ½ teaspoon almond extract About 15-20 whole almonds Method: Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside Lightly beat egg whites.  Add almond meal, sugar, and almond extract and beat with an electric mixer until combined and mixture is soft Let stand…

Blueberry Orange Muffins

Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder Pinch of salt 1 egg ¼ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ¾ cup orange juice 2 teaspoon orange peel 3 tablespoons cooking oil ¾ cup fresh blueberries 8 walnut halves (optional) Method: Pre heat oven to 375F.  Lightly grease 8 muffin cups With an electric…

Mango-Carrot Cake

I found this recipe on my favorite magazine – the “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine.  This is a totally different cake which uses mango juice.  A cake with mango juice?  I could not resist and decided to make it the day I received the magazine.  So I halved the ingredients thinking if I use the…

Lemon Scented Cranberry Scones

For some reason I always thought scones are a difficult thing to make.  I think I tried to make scones couple of years ago and it was a disaster.  That’s all, I stopped and never thought about it.  So with the Thanksgiving long weekend, I had some extra time and I wanted to make something…

Dried Fruit, Nut & Seed Cake

Ingredients 6 oz dates 4 oz dried apricots ¾ cup hot water ½ teaspoon baking soda 2 oz raisins 4 oz butter at room temperature 4 oz castor sugar 3 large eggs at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla Juice and peel of one orange 4 oz all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons sesame…

Orange-Lemon Scented Cookies

  Ingredients 6 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel ½ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon orange extract (optional) 2 tablespoons powdered sugar ½ cup all purpose flour Powdered sugar   Method Add butter and sugar to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and…