I know, I know..it’s been done to death and you can’t beat Mary Berry’s.
Ah, you see that’s where I beg to differ. Being a big fan of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) I have dutifully bought Paul Hollywood’s book ‘How to Bake‘ which, I have to say, is bloody marvellous! And in it is a Lemon Drizzle recipe that produced the best I’ve ever baked. Sorry Mary, but there it is.
So, being of generous spirit I thought I would share this marvel with you and let you judge for yourselves.
To make this tablet of lemony gorgeousness you need to preheat your oven to 180ºC (160 fan). Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Then beat together 75g soft unsalted butter and 125g caster sugar until light and fluffy. This can take a long time, so keep going with it. Mixing all the time, add 150g self-rasing flour, 1tsp baking powder, 2 medium eggs, 1 tbsp lemon curd and 2½ tbsp full-fat milk.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for about 40 mins or until a skewer comes out cleanly from the mixture.
For the drizzle, mix the juice and fine zest of one unwaxed lemon with 2tbsp granulated sugar. Pour this over the hot cake when it comes out of the oven and leave to cool completely before removing from the tin. Sometimes I skewer a few holes over the cake top to help the drizzle sink in. Other times I just leave it to get even more topping the cake. I’ll leave that conundrum to you.
Let me know what you think and how this classic recipe compares to the one you use.
Jackie’s suggestion from the comments to this post and my son’s demand for smaller cakes, called me to try this recipe as muffins. The mixture made 10 muffins (1 ice cream scoop per case) and I baked them for 18-20 mins. I let them cool before I poured on the lemon glaze. To make this I warmed the juice and zest before adding 3 tbsp icing sugar. They turned out pretty well and, if you’re interested, come in at 192 calories per muffin. Not too bad for the cake world! Now, I have to say my personal preference is a slice of the loaf cake, but these are great for taking to village fetes and the like and still taste just as wonderful. Oh, and my kids preferred them but that’s because I let them squirrel them off to the playroom with a bowl rather than make them sit up to the table. So fickle…..