Sunday, April 1, 2012

LEMON DRIZZLE LOAF


I love lemon drizzle cake and this recipe is adapted by one from How to Be a Domestic Goddess, Nigella's wonderful book. I always adapt recipes to reduce the amount of sugar. Most recipes have far too much IMO and that results in super sweetness. I love sweet things but don't want to feel icky after eating cake. I also substitute some or all of the flour with spelt flour. I like spelt's denseness but didn't want this cake to be too dense either. Anyway, it turned out gorgeous: properly lemony, nice and sweet, and sticky on top. In fact, it is calling to me from the tin: Eat more of me!

Ingredients
125g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour
75g spelt flour
125g butter
pinch of salt
zest of 1 large lemon
2 eggs
4 tblsps cow's or soya milk

Drizzle
75g icing sugar
juice of 1 large lemon (4 tblsps)

·        Preheat oven to 180˚C
·        Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
·        Cream the butter and caster sugar
·        Add the eggs and zest and beat well
·        Add flour and salt and fold in completely
·        Mix through the milk
·        Pour into the cake tin
·        Make the syrup while the cake is cooking by gently heating the lemon and icing sugar until the sugar is melted
·        Bake for 45 minutes or so, until golden on top, make sure it is cooked through with a cake tester/skewer
·        Using your skewer, puncture the top of the cake and pour the syrup evenly over the cake
·        Cool completely in the tin before turning out

6 comments:

Louisa said...

Sounds very yummy, Nuala. I have the same problem with cakes calling 'eat me!' from the tin. It's the reason i have to take baking holidays!

Louisa said...

Sounds very yummy, Nuala. I have the same problem with cakes calling 'eat me!' from the tin. It's the reason i have to take baking holidays!

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Believe me, Louisa, I take baking holidays too. What a great way to put it! Yes, I'd be as fat as a fool if I allowed myself to bake as often as I'd like :)

Unknown said...

Nuala, this sounds delicious. will definitely try it. lemon drizzle is my favourite!

Rachel Fenton said...

Veggie Hub's birthday early June, was scouting around for an alternative to sickly sweet then remembered you have this place :)
Need something kids will leave us a piece of.

Side note - do you have Hansa'a Indian Vegetarian Cookbook? Very easy recipes from her Gujarati Restaurant - wish her puds weren't so sickly though...I often think of you when cooking from it.

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Hi Rachel - happy birthday Veggie husbie :)

I don't have the Hansa book. I have a ton of ceggie cook books and love them. I will look out for that one. Ta for stopping by.

There's a good prune 'n' choc cake on here that you could try. Sounds awful, tastes great !