Monday, 19 July 2010

Lemon Cake

A very simple recipe I have been using for many, many years

What you need
  • a rectangular baking form, a fork
  • 200g butter/margarine
  • 300g plain white flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar. Difficult to get in the UK - but I found it in Waitrose (Baking department)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 lemons
  • icing sugar
How you do it
  • grease the baking form
  • get the juice from the 2 lemons. then grate their skin.
  • store the juice in a jar and mix with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • mix butter (soft), eggs and sugar into one bowl. Whip until creamy.
  • add the vanilla sugar and the grated lemon skin.
  • add the flour and baking powder until all is well mixed. Add a bit of flour (spoonw-wise) if the dough is still too liquid.
  • pre-heat the oven to ca 175-180 degrees.
  • pour dough in greased form.
  • bake for 45min - 55min. the dough should have risen and only slightly darkened.
  • let the cake cool down a bit before removing from the form.
  • pinch the top of the cake with a fork. then pour the lemon/sugar juice over it - so that the juice gets into the cake.
  • sprinkle with icing sugar.

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