Mom’s Lemon Bread

This was my favourite dessert by my mother. I am now gluten and dairy free so I can’t eat it any more. I wanted to share it so that the recipe doesn’t die on my bookshelf.

Lemon Bread

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Bread, Dessert, Lemon


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of one lemon or orange
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon or orange


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until it is creamy.
  • Add the eggs and mix until eggs are incorporated.
  • Add the lemon zest and beat again.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt and stir well to combine.
  • Pour about ½ cup flour mixture into the butter and egg mixture in the stand mixer and mix until it is incorporated.
  • Add a few tablespoons of the milk and mix.
  • Keep alternating between the flour mixture and the milk until they are used up, scraping down the sides of bowl occasionally to make sure the batter is well mixed.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into centre of the loaf comes out clean.


  • Meantime, in a small bowl, mix the sugar and lemon juice and set aside while the lemon bread bakes.
  • Pour glaze evenly over the cooked lemon bread as soon as you take it out of the oven.

Photo by Stacy via Flickr

Love Chili?

if you love chilli be sure to check out the Old South Community Organization Chili Cook-Off tomorrow (Saturday) evening at Wesley Knox United Church.

or give Esther’s Chilli a try at home.

Esther’s Chili

I served this chili to a friend who had won 1st place in a chili cookoff and he swooned, calling it the best chili he had ever tasted. High praise, coming from him. The key to success is to cook this chili the day before so the many layers of flavour have a chance to marry. That takes it over the top. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chilli, Ground Beef
Servings: 20 Servings


  • 3 lb ground beef
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery about 3-4 stalks
  • 2 green bell peppers seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 14 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 5.5 oz can tomato paste
  • 3 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 4 oz can green chillies
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp hot sauce like Tabasco, or to taste
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 T smoked paprika
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • 3 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp ground savory
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp liquid smoke
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Brown the hamburger in a large pot.
  • Add onions, mushrooms, celery and bell peppers and sauté until softened.
  • Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Simmer gently over low heat, covered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • After 2 hours, taste and adjust the salt, pepper and chili powder/cayenne pepper according to your taste.
  • Simmer 1 more hour, stirring occasionally. The longer it simmers, the better it will taste.
  • Cool, then refrigerate at least 24 hours to allow the flavours to mingle.

Apple Sauce (Instant Pot)

One of my favourite snacks is Apple Sauce. It’s quick and easy in the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Applesauce

Apple sauce is a great snack warm or cold that also freezes very well. Enjoy this snack right out of the Instant Pot or store in the fridge or freezer to enjoy later.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 10


  • 3 pounds Royal Gala Apples (peeled and sliced) Red Delicious are also very nice
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 Cinnmon sticks or 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  • Place Apples, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and salt in Instant Pot
  • Close the lid, set to Sealing and cook at High Pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes
  • Remove cinnamon stick(s) and mash the applesauce to desired consistency