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This is one of my favourite cakes, it’s so moist and has just the right balance between the tangy lemon and sugar. Most lemon drizzle cakes use icing sugar for the syrup topping but I like to use caster sugar which forms a delicious crunchy texture as the cake cools. This is a really simple recipe, always a crowd pleaser and it’s perfect with a cup of tea!

*Editors note* Unfortunately jenny’s cake was so good we ate it before thinking to take a photo! So the photos below are of similar lemon drizzle cakes, with thanks to floracuisine.co.uk and goodtoknow.co.uk

Image credit: floracuisine.co.uk

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Cake

About 200g unsalted butter

About 200g golden caster sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

4 large eggs

About 200g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

2-4 tbsp milk (optional)

Topping

Juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on how juicy they are!)

50g caster sugar

When I make this cake, I’ll usually weigh the four eggs first then use the same quantity of butter, sugar and flour but 200g shouldn’t be far off. That way you should get the perfect texture every time. All your ingredients should be at room temperature before you start, particularly the butter and eggs, to make sure your cake rises beautifully!

  • Preheat the oven to about 160°C
  • Beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a mixer or using a handheld electric whisk until very pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between. Don’t worry if the mixture curdles slightly.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder then add to the mixture bit by bit. Gently fold the mixture (don’t whisk!) using a plastic spatula or metal spoon until all the flour is incorporated and you have a smooth cake batter.
  • Add a little milk to loosen the mixture slightly if it’s too thick. You don’t want it to be too runny so add a spoon at a time and see how it is.
  • Pour into a cake tin and bake in the oven for 50 minutes – 1 hour. Test the cake to see when it’s done by inserting a skewer, if it comes out clean it’s done.
  • While the cake it baking, mix together the lemon juice and sugar.
  • When the cake is done, take it out of the oven but leave it in the tin. Poke holes all over the cake using a skewer or fork and pour the lemon juice and sugar on top then leave to cool in the tin.

Elderflower and lemon drizzle cake

Image credit: Goodtoknow.co.uk

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I am so excited…it’s Pancake Day! Here’s my easy foolproof recipe:

pancake day pancake day

One batch (makes 6-8 pancakes depending on the size of your frying pan)

  1. 100g plain flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 200ml milk
  4. 50ml water
  5. 2 tbsp melted butter
  6. Pinch of salt

If you are mixing the batter by hand, place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Crack the egg in the middle and mix the milk and water together in a jug. Beat the egg with a fork or whisk while adding the milk and water mixture a bit at a time and gradually bringing in the flour until you have a smooth batter. It should be quite thin and just coat the back of a spoon or ladle. Alternatively you can mix it all together with a handheld whisk or food processor. Then add the melted butter and a pinch of salt and let the batter rest for a little (about half an hour).

Heat a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Melt a knob of butter and use some scrunched up kitchen paper to wipe a thin layer of butter onto the pan. Spoon some batter into the pan using a ladle, swirling the pan around at the same time to cover the bottom as thinly as possible. Use a spatula or palette knife to loosen the edges and flip the pancake over when it is golden brown underneath. Flip the pancake using a utensil, or flip the pan if you’re feeling brave! Cook on the other side for a few more seconds and turn out onto a plate. Place the pan back on the heat, coat with butter again and repeat!

I love mine with lemon and sugar, such a classic! For me it has to be fresh lemon juice and granulated sugar (for the crunch!) but why not try maple syrup and bananas, berries and whipped cream or chopped nuts and chocolate sauce. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Savoury pancakes can be just as delicious! Try roasted vegetables and creme fraiche or smoked salmon and cream cheese. The possibilities are endless! However you have them, I wish you a fabulous Pancake Day!

Image with thanks to: Donegal DailyPasha Events

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