Recipe : Lemon drizzle cake
This lockdown finds us craving comfort food and that includes cake. This is a French Rooms favourite with our customers. The recipe is adapted from one of our heroes, the charming Raymond Blanc. Lemon drizzle is served at his beautiful Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire as part of their delicious afternoon tea selection and is really easy to make.
We are not encouraging anyone to dash to the shops, so improvise where possible or note down these ingredients for the next time you are planning to do your shopping. We used Bushmills Whiskey this week which worked equally as well as the Rum.
For the lemon cake
- 5 free-range eggs
- 300g/11oz caster sugar
- 140ml/5fl oz double cream
- 3 lemons, zest only
- 1½ tbsp dark rum
- 1 pinch salt
- 80g/3oz unsalted butter, melted
- 240g/8½oz plain flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp apricot jam, warmed in a small saucepan
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 150g/5oz icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Lightly butter a loaf tray, we serve this as individual cakes in The French Rooms so a muffin tray will work just as well.
- Whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, lemon zest, rum, salt and butter.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl then whisk it into the egg mixture until you have a smooth batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. The cake is cooked when a knife blade inserted into the middle comes out clean. It takes approx. 12-15 minutes if baking individual muffins.
- Remove the cake from the tin, turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
- Brush the cake with the warmed apricot glaze and leave for five minutes while you make the lemon glaze.
- For the lemon glaze, mix together the lemon juice, zest and icing sugar.
- Heat the mixture in a small pan, until the sugar has dissolved and you have a syrup.
- Brush the lemon glaze all over the cake and leave for a few minutes to set.
- Decorate with lemon zest if you have some (not essential).