I was watching Masterchef Australia on Tuesday evening when one of the contestants made a lovely looking lemon cake. I tried in vain to find a recipe for this and eventually happened across this one. It's dead easy and with the exception of leaving in the oven just a little too long, it came out really well.
For the cake;
4oz Softened butter
5oz caster sugar
1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange zest
2 Large eggs beaten
4oz Self raising flour
2 Tablespoons warm water
For the syrup
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons orange juice
100g caster sugar
Preheat oven to 180c / 350f / gas 4
Grease a 1lb loaf tin
Beat together butter,sugar, lemon and orange zest until all light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs a little at a time, and fold in flour.Fold in water and pour into loaf tin.
Bake for 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
Put lemon and orange juice and sugar into a small pan and heat until all the sugar is dissolved.
Remove cake from oven and poke little holes in the top, brush half the syrup over the cake and leave for 5 minutes.
Turn cake out upside down and make little holes in the bottom . Brush with remaining syrup and leave to soak in.
Serve when cool.
I had to try this when it was warm as it smelled so good. It's flippin lovely! Just needs a dollop of thick cream. Oh my days......soft and gorgeous and lemmony ( if a little brown).