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Archive for March 30, 2016

RECIPE: Lemon Bundt Cake With Cream Cheese

What’s better than a bundt cake? A bundt cake you can make in one bowl, made richer with cream cheese.

This recipe from Betty Crocker starts with a boxed cake mix. While our mother would turn up her nose at the idea of a boxed mix, there’s nothing wrong with a plain boxed mix. It saves time by mixing the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder.

While the recipes re tweaked to add antimicrobial agents like alpha tocopherol for longer shelf life; distilled monoglycerides as emulsifiers; maltodextrin, sodium stearoyl lactylate, xanthan gum and cellulose gum for batter viscosity; dicalcium sulfate as a calcium supplement. While you can read plenty on smaller websites about why you should avoid additives, they’re derived from natural ingredients and FDA-approved. The choice is yours.

Where we draw the line is with artificial flavors. They simply don’t taste as good as the real deal. That’s why this yellow cake mix, to which fresh-squeezed lemon juice is added, will taste so much better than a lemon cake mix with artificial flavors.

The recipe requires 10 minutes of prep time 2 hr 20 min Total Time 12

RECIPE: Lemon Cream Cheese Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze


Ingredients For The Cake (12 Servings)

  • 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
  • 3 eggs
    Ingredients For The Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)


    Microplane Zesting Lemons

    Top: A rich Lemon Bundt Cake made in the elegant Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan. Photo and recipe courtesy Betty Crocker. Bottom: It’s easy to zest citrus with a Microplane (it also grates Parmesan cheese in a snap).


    1. PREHEAT the oven to 325°F. Generously spray a 10- or 12-cup Bundt or fluted tube cake pan.

    2. BEAT the cake ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed for about 1 minute, scraping the bowl constantly. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 more minutes. Pour the batter into the pan.

    3. BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan; then turn the cake out upside down onto a cooling rack or heatproof plate, removing the pan. Cool completely for 1 hour. Place the cake on a serving plate.

    4. MAKE the glaze: In medium bowl, beat the powdered sugar and lemon juice with a whisk, a little at a time, until a thick glaze forms. (You may not need all the juice.) Pour the glaze evenly over cake. Store the cake loosely covered until ready to serve.
    FOOD FUN: The History Of The Bundt Cake.


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    TIP OF THE DAY: Herb Salad

    Herb Salad

    An herb salad hits the spot. Photo by Katharine Pollak | THE NIBBLE.


    Even if you’re not in the practice of serving a large green salad with dinner, a small herb salad is an easy way to have a few greens that don’t need a heavy dressing. It goes well with any protein.
    This recipe was developed by Chef Eric Dantis for THE NIBBLE. You can substitute parsley for the cilantro, dill for the chives, pear or other fruit for the apple.


    Ingredients For The Salad

  • ½ bunch cilantro
  • ½ bunch basil
  • ½ bunch chives
  • ½ bunch arugula
  • ¼ bunch mint
  • 1 Fuji or Granny Smith apple
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Optional: jalapeño
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    Ingredients For The Dressing

  • Juice of 1 or 2 limes or lemons
  • Good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

    1. PICK the leaves* from the cilantro and mint; rinse and dry along with the arugula leaves and reserve in a medium-size bowl.

    2. SLICE or tear the basil into thick strips and slice the chives into 1-inch spears. Add them to the bowl with the herbs.

    3. SLICE the apple and jalapeño into matchsticks and place them in a separate medium-sized bowl. To prevent oxidation, squeeze enough orange juice to coat the apple slices, but not to soak them.

    4. MAKE the dressing: Mix the lime or lemon juice with 1-½ to 2 times the amount of extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    5. SERVE: Combine all ingredients except the dressing in a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the dressing 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, and toss the salad and repeat until you are satisfied with amount of dressing.
    *If you really love cilantro, note that the stems have more flavor than the leaves.


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