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Nestle's Iced Coffee Bundt Cake.

Nestle's Iced Coffee Bundt Cake.

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Updated: June 26, 2011 12:16AM



Faced with Memorial Day gatherings of families and friends, B.L.C. of Chicago e-mailed an urgent request for a brunch coffee cake specifically including coffee, and C.L. of Chicago asked for a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.

Nestle provides the moist, coffee-flavored Iced Coffee Bundt Cake recipe, and regular Swap Shop contributor Marlene Kroll of Chicago shares her yummy recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Cake, which she admits, “sounds like a lot of work, but the rave reviews are worth it.”

To make Kroll’s Lemon Poppy Seed Cake:

In a large bowl, beat 6 tablespoons softened butter and 1¼ cups sugar until crumbly (about 2 minutes). Add 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel; mix well. Add 2 eggs and 2 egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine 2½ cups cake flour, 2 tablespoons poppy seeds, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with 11/3 cups buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to (10-inch) tube pan well-coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes; loosen and remove to wire rack.

In small saucepan, combine ¼ cup lemon juice and ¼ cup sugar. Cook and stir until mixture comes to boil; continue to cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Using fork, poke holes in top of cake. Gradually pour hot syrup over cake. Cool completely before cutting.

Requests

Does someone have a recipe for creamy horseradish sauce?

H.T., Chicago

My grandmother used to make a two-layer gelatin dessert — the bottom layer was clear lime gelatin, and the top was chiffon-like and light lime in color (maybe with cottage cheese). Can anyone provide a recipe?

B.N., Evanston

I would appreciate a recipe for caramel-flavored bread pudding.

P.S., Melrose Park

Send recipes and requests to: Swap Shop, Chicago Sun-Times, 350 N. Orleans St.,
9th Floor, Chicago 60654 or by e-mail,
swapshop@suntimes.com. All mail must include a daytime telephone number. Sorry, requests can’t be answered personally.



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