Saturday, March 31, 2012
The BEST lemon dessert I have EVER had!!!!!
Anyway, I ran to the store and picked up the superfine sugar and the lemons. I always follow a recipe exactly the first time at least so I get the original results and then later I can tweak it or substitute and I have a basis of comparison. I was nervous, as I wasn't sure if I had done the conversions correctly and it didn't seem like very much flour, but I trusted my math and forged ahead! It was out of this world delicious! IF you want a head over heels response from guests this Easter.....you should make this! I had it with a cup of tea all snuggled in my bed last night! I always eat my dessert in bed at night...and last night it truly was an extra special treat! Thank you Lucy, although it wasn't her actual recipe she was the one that started the ball rolling! So, here's my Easter gift to you!
The American version of the famous English Lemon Drizzle Cake
I used my Kitchenaide stand mixer for mixing this up. It makes one loaf pan that I lined with parchment paper. I baked it for 30 minutes or until done at 350 degrees.
1/2 C butter (really soft) (1 stick)
3/4 C self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
the rind of one lemon grated (I use a micro plane and just the yellow skin...the white is bitter)
1/2 C superfine sugar
3-6 T milk
After whipping the butter, I added everything else and whipped it for no more than 3 minutes and much less really. I wanted it incorporated well but also whipped it to get the eggs nice and fluffy. I poured it into my loaf pan and baked it for 30 minutes although it said 30-40 mine looked great at 30. I had previously mixed up the syrup to pour on top which is merely the juice of 1 lemon mixed with 1/2 C superfine or granulated for the "frosting". I looked at so many recipes and not a one of them were the same! LOL!
I used the superfine also for my frosting. I just mixed it with a fork in a small bowl and poured it directly over the cake after it came out of the oven while it was still hot. Some recipes I looked at later said you should poke holes in the top before pouring the frosting mixture on top but I didn't do that but I might next time. You then let it cool and I took it out later and sliced it like pound cake although it is much more delicate and light and moist with the lemony goodness that soaked in....you are going to just LOVE it!!!! I promise or your money back! Oh! You haven't given me any money! LOL! But you'll want to after you taste this heavenly dessert! You'll thank me for the best Easter you've ever had with this dessert! Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit now but please try it...you won't regret it and actually it's super easy to make too!
I think I have to go have another piece now.....TTYL!