This turned out to be so much nicer than I’d expected.
For some odd reason I have never tasted a cake before with a lemon flavor and therefore I have always instinctively chosen to bake ones with other flavors – cocoa, dates, pineapple, raisins, apricots and even poppy seeds, but never lemon.
But Indira has often said that children at school love lemon cake, which has often made me curious about it’s appeal. So last weekend when I needed to bake some dessert in a hurry to take to the school picnic, I decided to try this recipe. I thought I’d keep one tiny piece for all of us to try as it would a good way to find out what lemon tasted like in cake and whether the girls liked it enough for me to make again. And if they didn’t, I figured I luckily didn’t need to worry this once about how the the rest of it would be used up since it was to be eaten by all the other folks at the picnic !
Well as it turned out, Shri and Indira – Noor had left already for a birthday party – both said “hmmm!! nice !” after eating their little portion of that piece so I made it again yesterday for gouter.
Noor, especially, seems to like it a lot, just as she does the orange loaf.
1/2 a cup of softened butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 a cup of milk
1 and 1/2 cups of flour (either white or a mixture of wholewheat and white) with the following mixed in –
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of baking powder
For Glazing –
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup of sugar
Blend the butter,eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, then stir the milk in. Now gradually fold in the flour mixture. Pour the batter in to a loaf tin.
Pre-heat the over for 5 minutes to 18o degreesC, then place the loaf tin near the bottom shelf and bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, till done.
A minute before the cake looks ready to come out, prepare the glaze by mixing the sugar and lemon juice, to combine them well,over moderate heat. Allow this mixture to simmer for 1/2 a minute (make sure not to let it get at all thick or syrupy) then take the cake out and pour the glaze all over, using a large spoon to spread it evenly.
When the cake has cooled completely, take it out very carefully as it will tend to stick a little to the sides because of the glaze.
This cake has a slightly moist softness because of the glaze and a beautifully even, mild hint of the lemon.
Simply yummy !