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Gone Fishin

Sorry, I’m swapping this so called Scottish summer for some real sunshine and temperatures above 20. I’ll bring you back a food photo or two.

See you soon

 

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This is what I’ve been up to.

Ive been cooking mad since we moved and I got into my new kitchen but we’ve been so busy I havent found time to bake. Whilst browsing the fridge this weekend I noticed a surplus of eggs and a surplus of lemons and since we’re going away soon (oh yes I may not have mentioned but I’m going to see some SUN shortly, excited much?!)… I thought lemon cake was in order.

I love making simple pound cakes in a bundt tin as the end result is a little more exotic than a plain loaf or  round sponge. As you can probably tell the volume of batter wasn’t quite tailored to the size of my tin though so he’s a little vertically challenged. That will teach me to mix up recipes and baking utensils without doing my homework properly.

The recipe is also something of a mongrel. The recipe I had in my head to begin with is from Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros. It’s a recipe for little lemon cakes which are just bursting with flavour but you make them in ramekins and Ive found the batter doesnt rise as well if you try to bake the same recipe in a tin as a single cake. So instead I opted for my usual sponge recipe (which comes from Jamie Oliver), flavoured with extra lemon and I nicked his lemon syrup instructions from another of his recipes for lemon drizzle cake (His Nan’s to be specific – I wasn’t using poppy seeds and the proportions were a lot less otherwise I would have just followed the whole recipe).

Triple Lemon Sponge Cake

I’ve written out the recipe as although its easy enough I can write it from memory, I combined so many bits and pieces from different places that it would be unnecessarily complicated to repeat should you wish to, but you can find a copy of Tessa’s book here which I wholly recommend and if you want to try Jamie’s lemon drizzle in its unadulterated form you can find the recipe here.

Sponge

  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self raising flour (or plain flour with 1 tsp of baking powder)
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon

Syrup

  • 50g caster sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon

Icing

  • 40g icing sugar
  • juice of half a lemon (mine was a small lemon so about 1 tbsp)

preheat the oven to 180 and butter and flour your tin of choice (a std spring form or two sandwich tins would fit the batter best).

Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating them in well. Fold in the flour and then add the lemon juice and zest. Mix until its combined and pour into the tin. Bake for 20-30 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack to cool.

Before the cake cools, make the syrup by combing the lemon juice and sugar in a pan and heating until the sugar melts. Pour over the sponge and leave to cool completely before icing. Note, if you don’t add the syrup while the cake is warm it wont seep all the way through. Your cake will by no means be ruined but the lovely lemony stickiness will be restricted to the top layer (I remember to warn you because guests arrived as I was taking this one out of the oven and this is exactly what I did).

Make the icing by mixing the remaining lemon juice and icing sugar and drizzle over the top. Et Voila!

Speaking of lemons, the post I promised about the July TFGE meal, Prawn and Chilli Risotto and Lemon and Pinenut Summertime Tagliarini is up on the site now if you need some more reading material.

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Food will follow soon

Audrey and Seymour

I’m officially home again. The last few weeks have been a whirl wind of unpacking boxes and getting our home somewhere near normal followed by  a very sad patch for us which I wont go into here but unlike the weather… things are starting to look up.

I had a brilliant dinner with the Total Food Geeks this week that really cheered me up. The story of that and some summer recipes will be up on the TFGE site soon but I can recommend Monteith’s on the Royal Mile for a decent meal in a very “miserable weather” proof venue and having met a new handful of great foodies I’m even more of a fan of  the Geeks than before! I’ve been writing for the site all evening so I’m just checking in here on my own little pad before I log off to say I’m back online again. Ive been taking full advantage of getting all my kitchenalia back so actual food will follow soon too.

I’ll leave the new house photos for facebook and those that will be interested in such things but on the food end of things, I thought I’d post the equivalent of a new house photo of  my “kids” who made it safely across the city and into their new home and appear to be settling in happily. No sign of tomatoes yet but I havent managed to kill them either which is, far as I am concerned, a success. Fingers crossed.

Right, bed calls so I must be off but I promise to be back soon with something worthy of your reading. Thanks for waiting while I moved house x

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