The Zest of a Lemon

HI everyone! As with anyone that sits down to write a blog on baking, I simply love being in the kitchen! It’s had it’s highs and lows, and I’m not just talking about the sugar intake that inevitably comes with baking with it all day, but the mishaps and fails that end in the bin as well as the stunning pieces you get to share with friends, family and your customer base.

If you want to get to know me a little bit better then by all means, check out the about me page on the website but for now, lets talk baking!

I have had such great inspiration from my Nana and my mum who used to cook all the time, always daring to pick up the cook book, try a new recipe and add a little of their own touches to make them their own. And that’s really what this blog is about. I’m going to share with you what’s worked for me, practicing a recipe or a technique until it’s where I want it to be. They come from home recipes, cookbooks and tips I’ve got from other bakers. They are tried and tested by yours truly. Try them, give me your feedback and share in the wonderful world of baking!


Today I'm testing out a firm favourite of mine; Lemon Drizzle cake. It's exactly that, a light sponge drizzled in a Lemon Syrup, and despite the title there are no lemon zests in the recipe! why you might ask? I really don't taste the flavour from them so don't waste my time.


This recipe brings out all the lemon flavour you need and it's down to what you do once the baking's done :)

Serves 8 Time 1hr20 mins


Ingredients

Unsalted butter 200g

Caster sugar 200g

Self Raising Flour 200g

Baking Powder 10g

Eggs 3

Lemon juice 100g

sugar 100g


Method

Cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add your eggs and sifted flour and baking powder until well combined.


divide the mixture into 2 6" round pans and bake in the centre of a fan assisted oven for 25 minutes until a knife comes out clean. When your timer has gone off and the cakes are out of the oven, Melt the lemon juice and sugar until dissolved. Your kitchen is about to get that fresh spring smell!


Now, using a knife or cocktail stick, poke little holes around the edge of your cake slowly coming into the centre. With a spoon, ladle in the lemon syrup allowing it to soak in the sponge before adding more. THIS is what gives the sponge that DREAMY taste.


Once completely cooled, turn onto a wire rack and decorate as you like :)

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