Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Just a simple lemon drizzle loaf...

Lemon is a fruit which tingles your taste buds when eaten on its own. They are healthy in a lot of ways and provide vitamins A, B, C & E! And for that reason, I add it into my cooking. Never mind if the vitamins are still there after its been mixed into cake batter and cooked in a rather hot oven... Ahh well, another excuse in baking up another lemon drizzle loaf!


225g unsalted butter , softened
225g caster sugar
4 eggs

finely grated zest 1 lemon/2 lemons if you like it stronger
225g self-raising flour
juice 11⁄2 lemon
85g caster sugar

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through. Sift in the flour, then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined. Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.
Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the lemon juice and sugar to make the drizzle. Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle - the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping. Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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