Lemon Drizzle Cake

I got my first copy of delicious (June 2010 issue) on subscription the other day and was skimming through it when I got to page 77 which is a picture of a lemon drizzle cake and had to make it (even though I have no idea if I’ll eat it).

Please note the following have been modified slightly from what was in the magazine, as there are things I did/n’t do according to the original instructions. 🙂

 

Ingredients

250g butter, melted
2 lemons
300g self-raising flour
440g caster sugar (if you have normal sugar, just wizz it in a mill, till its super fine)
4 large eggs

Icing ingredients:
40g butter
225g icing sugar, sifted
Zest and juice of 1/2 an orange (or orange juice if you haven’t got one handy)
Zest and juice of 1/4 of a lemon

 

Instructions

Heat the oven to 160C (fan oven temperature). Line a 2 litre load tin with baking paper, or grease the sides if you prefer.

Chop the lemons in to thin rings and take out all seeds. Put the lemons in a processor or blender and blend till smooth. Add the butter, flour, sugar and eggs and continue blending till smooth.

Pour the contents of the blender in to the loaf tin. The content should not fill the tin more than 3/4 full. If it does, stop adding. Place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes.

Reduce the temperature by 10C to 150C and cook for another 15-20 minutes. Take out of the oven and place a skewer in to the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done, but if there is residue, place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Keep doing that until the skewers clean. Then place the cake on a wire rack and remove all the baking paper. Allow to cool thoroughly (30 minutes).

Once cool, you can now start the icing. Melt the butter in a pan on the hob over a low heat. Add the sugar and juice of the orange and lemon. Stir until soft. Allow that to cool slightly and then drizzle or pour over the cake. Add the zest on top of the icing sugar. Place in fridge to cool.

 

So here is how I got on… (In pictures)

Lemon drizzle img 1

(Oops – Eggs missing in picture… I’ll get better at this hopefully. The orange juice is a substitute for the orange in the recipe)

This is what it looked like after mixing the cake ingredients together, before pouring in to the lined tin

Lemon drizzle img 2

Once in the tin

Lemon drizzle img 3

After baking for around 1 hour and 15 minutes

Lemon drizzle img 4

The icing for the top – which is yellow, not like the image which was white?!

Lemon drizzle img 5

After decoration

Lemon drizzle img 6

Well, not exactly as good as the image in the magazine, but not bad!

Update

It’s not half bad. It isn’t quite as solid as it could be at the base, could have done with another 5 to 10 minutes cooking. So only thing I would change next time are that after cooking for 45 minutes, turn the oven down 20 degrees c and cook at that lower temp for 30 minutes before testing with a skewer.

Update 2

I took half the cake to work this week and it didn’t last long past lunch! The response – just like the magazine title, delicious (and what’s the next weeks cake!)

Mulligatawny Soup

Tonight we are having our friends round which means we need a full spec dinner.

So we are serving:

Starters

Prawn cocktail or
Mulligatawny soup (below)

Main Course

Meatballs with spaghetti and garlic bread

Pudding

Neapolitan ice cream banana split with chocolate sauce or
Apple and rhubarb crumble or
Lemon drizzle cake

So here is the recipe for Mulligatawny soup:

Ingredients

2 medium onions – peeled and cut in to bits
1 large carrot – peeled and cut in to bits
1 medium cooking apple – peeled and cut in to bits
1 small turnip – peeled and cut in to small bits
1 tablespoon of medium curry powder – ½ if using strong curry powder
56g of plain flour
900ml of vegetable stock
1 bouquet garni
Bacon – 2 to 4 slices

(The image above is enough to make a batch and a half as we have a lot of mouths to feed)

Instructions

Place all cut up ingredients in a large saucepan and add the flour.

(Flour not yet added in the pic above)

Mix well to coat all vegetables with flour. Add the boiling stock and stir thoroughly, making sure the flour is off the bottom of the pan.

(Flour and stock have been added above)

Add the curry powder and bouquet garni and stir.

Turn the heat to medium and simmer for 40 minutes.

Use a flat bladed spatula and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan frequently; otherwise the soup will burn to the base and the flavour will be altered.

After the 40 minutes of simmering, blend the soup.

The result should be a golden soup.

Now, cut the bacon in to small pieces about 1cm squared or less and fry. Serve the soup hot and add fried bacon bits to the top.

Enjoy!

African Curried Lamb

Tonight’s recipe comes from “The Sainsbury book of Party Cooking” by Norma MacMillan

This is a recipe we quite frequently cook for dinner parties or when my sister is not in the house (she doesn’t like spices).

The recipe is as follows (makes enough for 3). It has been modified by us to our tastes so adjust as you need:

Ingredients

25g butter
2 tablespoons of olive oil
500g fillet lamb but in to small pieces up to 3cm cubed
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
4 table spoons of mild or 2 level table spoons of medium or ¾ table spoon of hot curry powder
3 table spoons of white wine vinegar
½ tea spoon of paprika
¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
3 bay leaves
1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
3 large tablespoons of apricot jam – or in our case, mango chutney

African curried lamb 1

(For those of you with sharp eyes, there are two and a half small onions and the mango chutney is missing from the image.. my mistake)

Basmati rice – enough for 4 – in our case 4 x 70g (280g) is more than sufficient

Instruction

Melt the butter with the oil in a frying pan (or we use an electric frying pan). Add the lamb and cook till slightly browned.

African curried lamb 2

Add the onion and garlic to the pan and fry until softened. Add the curry powder, cayenne and white wine vinegar. Cook for 1 minute, but keep an eye on it and continually stir.

African curried lamb 3

Add the remaining ingredients (I usually add water equal to a third of the can of chopped tomatoes as it can dry out too fast otherwise). Stir and then cover with lid. Simmer for around 30-40 minutes. Stir every 8-10 minutes to make sure it hasn’t gotten too dry.

African curried lamb 4

(The bay leaves are inside of the tea sphere so they can be easily removed later)

African curried lamb 5

African curried lamb 6

(What it should look like after cooking for 30-40 minutes)

Serve with basmati rice, naan, onion bhajis, raisins, tomato wedges, and banana slices (all optional).

African curried lamb 7

(Homemade lemonade can be seen in the jug)

African curried lamb 8

Enjoy!