30 May, 2009

That Wife's May Food Challenge

Jenna over at That Wife has been issuing these photo challenges for months, but I've always been too lazy to enter. Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm terrible. Anyway, the challenge this month was to get your Mom to give you a recipe that she had always made, and make it yourself. I decided this was a Good Thing because my mother is a good cooker of tasty things, and I should have more of her recipes. And especially, I need to bake more. I never bake, which is stupid because I adore baked goods. I'm just, well, lazy about it.

On thinking about cake-making, I realised that part of the reason I never bake a cake is because it seems like a mission. Often you have to make two layers and put them together with something yummy in the middle, and then you have to ice the whole thing. Way too much effort for this lazy Slipper! And at that moment, I thought of my mom's lemon loaf cake. It's lemony and yummy and it has no icing or middle creamy bit! I immediately asked her for the recipe, and I made it yesterday afternoon.


225ml Castor Sugar
400ml Flour
10ml Baking Powder
125g softened margarine
2 eggs
Rind of 1 Lemon
125ml Milk

125ml Castor Sugar
50ml Lemon Juice

Sift dry ingredients. Add everything else and beat well with an electric beater. Pour into cake tin. Bake at 180C for 45-60 minutes until done. Turn cake out.

Mix lemon juice and castor sugar and pour over cake while it is still hot. Garnish with a little grated lemon rind.

It looks like it could be kind of dry and boring, right? But all the yumminess is in the lemon juice & sugar topping. It makes the top all shiny and sticky, and because you put it on when the cake is hot, it soaks through into the cake and makes it moist and lemony inside too. Yummmm.

The original recipe calls for a loaf pan, but I used a round one because it has a greater surface are to pour the lemon juicy goodness on. (That and I don't actually own a loaf pan, but whatever).

Easy-peasy cake! Thanks, Mom! :-)

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