One thing about being away from my home town is the good ol’ independent bakeries. To me now there is no such thing, as if I’m constantly in the look for a quick coffee and cake fix it will come in the form of Café Nero, Starbucks or Costa but it never leaves me feeling satisfied. I mean I have had many times where I have had to complain due to the stale muffin or dry brownie. Everyone thinks when your in London you have loads of time to swan about to independent cafés but let’s face the facts when you need a quick fix theses are the places to go. You will also find as a student who has the money to do that!
As I have a day off work one of my favourite things to do to relax is bake. It’s time to whip up a lemon drizzle loaf:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees / Gas mark 4
- 120g butter
- 170g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 170g caster sugar
- 60ml milk
- Zest of two lemons
- 2 medium free-range eggs
- Sicillian lemon natural flavouring
- 120g icing sugar
- Juice of two lemons
Cream the caster sugar and the butter together until the mixture becomes pale and fluffy. After that is completed crack both eggs into the mixture then slowly mix in the flour and the table spoon of baking powder.
Once the mixture has been made create some lemon zest gratings. For this I like to do a mixture of sizes in terms of the shavings to add more textures then just the one grating. Then add a few drops of the sicilian lemon flavouring to the cake mixture as this makes the cake moist and certainly adds more flavour. Then pour into the loaf tin and put in the oven for 20 mins. Watch over it after 15 minutes because depending on strengths of some ovens. Nothing worse than a burnt loaf or a soggy bottom!
Once it’s done leave it cool on a rack for 5 minutes, this is vital as it will spoil the icing for the drizzle if done any earlier. (Doesn’t the picture look innocently and delightful.. sorry!) Then sprinkle with icing sugar just to round the whole thing off. VOILÀ!! TIME TO TUCK IN ENJOY!
Hope you enjoyed this recipe! Currently resisting the urge to munch my way through all of this. If you fancy a massive baking session (the more the merrier) check out my mint brownie aero recipe here!