Sunday, 27 January 2008

It's a Bill Granger Weekend Part 2 - Lemon Pound Cake

As I've been watching Bill Granger this weekend courtesy of Bill's Food on BBC and also thanks to some lovely Malaysian person on YouTube who has all of Bill's Food series 1, I was all inspired to make this lemon cake as lemon is one of my favourite flavours (along with almond and chocolate obviously). It was on Bill's Food a couple of weeks ago and looked divine in it's lemony deliciousness and best of all it can be frozen so I can pull up out again in a couple of weeks and enjoy more lemony goodness.

This is supposed to be a pound cake but it's more like a 1/4 of a pound cake as you will see from the ingredients:

250g butter, softened
250g caster sugar
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 free range eggs
250g self-raising flour, sifted

Preheat the oven to gas 4/180.
Grease and line the base of an 8 inchsquare cake tin.
Mix the butter and sugar together until smooth, I used my Kenwood but you could do this by hand pretty easily. Then add the lemon zest and vanilla and mix again.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each one is added.
Fold in the sifted flour, half first, mix well and then the second half and mix well until combined.
Spoon into the tin and bake for 40-45 mins or until a skewer comes out cleanly.
Cool for 10 mins and remove from the tin.

While this was cooking there was the most delicate smell of lemon from when I came half way down the stairs. The cake is moist but dense and smells lemony. It is almost like a lemon madeira but firmer and denser in texture. Definitely worth a try.


lorraine@italianfoodies said...

YUM, YUM and YUM - you know me and anything with lemon!!!

sarah@lettersonlunches said...

Yeah, I can imagine it being nice & light... might be nice with a splsh of limencello over the top...

jen said...

Looks delicious. Lemon is always a winner in our house :-)

And I must confess to coveting the kitchen and all its contents in Bill's tv show...

Rachel said...

Jen I do aswell, the whole house in fact and the lifestyle in Oz too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

A shot of Limoncello in there would take it over the top! It looks fantastic!!!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Hey, glad i stopped by. Greetings to you from Botswana. Love your posts..all of them.