Lemon cake

Lemon cake

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A la Mere de Famille
Makes
2 cakes
Prep
15 mins
Cooking time
40 mins
Photographer
Jean Cazals

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 lemons
280g sugar
4 eggs
100g pouring cream, heated to lukewarm
220g plain flour
6g baking powder
70g unsalted butter, melted
sliced candied lemon peel, for decorating

For the syrup

Quantity Ingredient
100g sugar
250g water

Method

  1. Making the batter

    Wash the lemons and pat dry with paper towel. Grate the zest from each lemon into the sugar to preserve the flavour. Juice the lemons and set aside 25 g of juice to make the syrup. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and lemon zest in a mixing bowl until the mixture starts to become pale and thickens. Add the warmed cream and stir to combine. Sift in the flour and baking powder. Finally, add the melted butter and stir to make a smooth and shiny batter.
  2. Baking

    Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Lightly grease and line two loaf tins with baking paper. Pour the batter into the tins and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the cakes from the oven and make an incision in the tops using a knife. Reduce the oven temperature to 155ºC and return the cakes to the oven to cook for about 35 minutes, or until the blade of a knife comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cakes. Remove from the oven, turn out the cakes and allow to cool.
  3. Making the syurp

    Put the sugar, water and reserved lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Brush the sides and top of the cakes with the syrup, or dip the whole cakes briefly in the cold syrup to lightly moisten them. Decorate the cakes by placing strips of candied lemon peel on top.

Storage:

  • Thanks to the lemon syrup, these cakes stay moist for several days and are ideal for wrapping and taking to the country for a picnic, enjoying for afternoon tea or as a weekend dessert.
Tags:
French
confectionery
sweets
sweet
France
candy
artisanal
Paris
Parisian
Europe
European
A la Mere de Famille
Mere
Famille
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