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Food from The Hills: Lemon Drizzle Loaf Cake

Today we are revisiting this classic cake in honour of our Macmillan Coffee morning. Every Coffee Morning changes lives, and this is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. All over the UK, people are hosting their own Coffee Morning with proceeds going to Macmillan.

This lemon drizzle loaf is moist with a crunchy topping and packs a real zesty punch. Easy to bake, utterly delicious and perfect to whip up for your very own Coffee Morning.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 450g loaf tin, buttered and lined

For the syrup:

  • Juice of 1 and a half lemons
  • 100g icing sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4 and butter and line your tin.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add the lemon zest and eggs, beating well.
  3. Add the flour and salt, folding in gently but thoroughly. Then add the milk.
  4. Spoon into the prepared tin and put in the oven on the middle shelf. Bake for 45 mins.
  5. While the cake is cooking, make the syrup by heating the ingredients gently in a small saucepan until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. If the cake is golden, remove it from the oven and test with a cake tester. If it comes out clean, pierce the top of the cake all over with the same skewer. Pour over the syrup, making sure you cover the whole top of the cake, then allow it to soak up the rest. Leave the cake to cool completely before you remove it from the tin.

A note: You could always switch the lemon for lime, or a mixture of both, or even Seville oranges. Delicious!

Also, psst! Don’t waste those lemons - save the leftover juice to have with hot water and kickstart your metabolism, aid digestion and balance your pH. It’s particularly effective first thing in the morning.

About the author: Janet Hill

I’m Janet, and I live at the foot of the beautiful Welsh Hills with my children Mary, 21, and Mark, 17. We share our four-acre plot with our six dogs, six cats (plus a cheeky regular overnight visitor!), four hens, an assortment of wild ducks and all the other wonderful wildlife that visits our garden.

Now I want to share the joys of my life in the country and invite you to read all about it here in The Hills. It isn’t a glamorous life but it is wonderful, healthy and hearty and full of the very best of people.

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