Ahhh lemon drizzle a firm favourite of mine. I LOVE citrus flavours, especially in baking, and over time my lemon drizzle bakes have become zestier and zestier. With the addition of extra lemon zest, lemon juice and lime this treat will really wake you up, so its ideal for elevenses with a lovely cup of…yup you guessed it zingy earl grey tea. Why hold back now eh?
Ingredients ( makes 1ltr tin loaf)
Unsalted Butter – 180g softened
Caster sugar – 180g
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Self raising flour – 180g shifted
Eggs – 3 medium, room temperature lightly beaten
Milk – 2 tbs
Lemon zest – of 2 lemons finely grated
Lime zest – of 1 lime finely grated
Poppy seeds – 1 tablespoon (optional)
Lemon and Lime juice – of 2 lemons and 1 lime
Icing sugar – 200g shifted
Tip: Don’t waste your fruits – zest your lemons and limes and use the same ones for your juice (if you juice them first you’ll have a tough time trying to grate them!)
1. Oven and tin – pre-heat your oven to 170 degrees or Gas mark 3 and line a 1ltr loaf tin with baking parchment or a ready to go tin liner
2. Butter and Sugar – beat the butter and sugar using a stand or handheld mixer – until pale and fluffy. This will take at least 5 minutes, don’t rush this bit it really does make a difference!
3. Flavour – beat in the vanilla, zest and poppy seeds if you are using them
4. Eggs and flour – add the eggs and flour a bit at a time, mixing lightly as you go
5. Bake – for 45-50 mins ish (its ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean)
6. Sugar drizzle – while your zesty loaf bakes, mix your juices and icing sugar together well – ensuring there are no lumps
6. Cool and pour – Leave the loaf in the tin, poke the loaf lots of times with a skewer (careful not to poke through to the bottom), allow to cool for 10 min, then slowly but generously pour the sugar drizzle over the loaf. Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin. Allow the drizzle to set, if you’re lucky you will get a lovely crunchy sugar crust – but as my photo shows its doesn’t always come out as you intend- but I promise it will still be really lovely!
7. Serve and enjoy in thick slices with a good cuppa.