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lemon cake

November 11, 2012

It was another beautifully sunny, but cold day. Arlo and the beloved did some gardening: the beloved harvested the very last of the tomatoes, quite a few of which are green, while Arlo swept up some leaves for Grannie.  Meanwhile,  I tried to remove the moldy sealant from the shower – just the task for a sunny day. Eventually I decided I’d had enough crouching in a confined space and I went  for a walk up Harper’s Hill and then doubled back to the top of the Kingsbridge Hill where there is a spectacular view of Totnes. No camera of course.

I called in to Gazebo to see Rella who was working there and in need of warm sustenance. Motherly love clearly wasn’t enough so I got her some (surprisingly cheap) leek and potato soup (which she said was delicious)  from the Barrel House.

When I got back Arlo was playing with his Lego and the floor was (still is in fact) covered with it – battles and disasters and other scenarios being played out with meticulous care (it’s all very cute  until you tread on something – Lego is very sharp). Although he is quite active when he plays, it’s not the same as running around and Arlo was cold – he had even put a jumper on which is almost unheard of.  So we retreated into the kitchen to make a cake. He wanted to make a lemon drizzle cake, but it called for three lemons and we only had one. We settled for a  lemon loaf cake instead. This one is easy because you put all the ingredients in together and mix them up and it’s cooked in a 2lb loaf tin for which we have ready made liners so there’s no faffing around with greaseproof paper and butter.

In a bowl put 4oz very soft butter, 6oz caster sugar, 6oz self raising flour, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons of milk  and the zest of half a lemon. Mix well, but don’t overdo it. Dollop the mixture into a lined loaf tin and bake for about 40 minutes at 180c. While the cake’s cooking, squeeze the lemon and add 3oz icing sugar and the other half of the lemon zest to the juice. Mix well. When the cake’s cooked pour the lemon icing over the cake – I think the recipe said make holes in the cake, but Arlo says it didn’t and he was in charge. Eat with yogurt, preferably in front of a open fire.

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