...AND A PRIZE DRAW OPEN TO UK BLOGGERS.
I made this cake the same day I saw it on Sylvie's blog - A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit. I mean how could I resist? I am sure you have all experienced that immediate lust when you see a recipe and fall in love. Store cupboard permitting, it just has to be made the same day!
It was serendipity! I was trying to decide which cake I should make and take along to my parent's house that evening and low and behold there it was in all it's sumptuousness!
I changed it into cup measures, because I prefer baking this way now, but if you would like the cake recipe in metric, visit Sylvie's blog for the original recipe.
Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Cream & Strawberries
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tbsp baking powder
100g/ 1 stick butter
½ cup caster sugar
2 tbsp lemon curd
grated rind of 1 large lemon
2 large eggs, whisked
1tbsp lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp of caster sugar
juice of ½ lemon
(tweak this until it is to your own taste, by adding a little lemon juice at a time)
Preheat your oven to 175 C/Gas 3-4
Grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin or round cake tin.
Put all the cake ingredients together into a large bowl & mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon and then a hand held mixer for a maximum of 3 minutes.
Pour into the prepared loaf or cake tin & bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Once the cake has cooled, whip up the cream with the sugar and lemon juice and spread across the cake. Sylvie mixed some lemon curd and icing sugar into double cream for her cake, which sounds great too.
Finally top with halved strawberries.
Making this cake was a piece of cake, please ignore the pun! It was just so easy and quick to put together, but with stunning results. It got high marks from my parents and from Graham. Although Graham would have preferred the cream without the lemon juice, but then he is never a huge fan of lemon.
On another note, I have just learned of a rather brilliant competition open to UK Bloggers.
Those lovely peeps over at Gaviscon Double Action are offering fabulous prizes in their The Nations Favorite Double Act Competition.
First Prize is a £200 voucher for two, to dine at Anthony Worrall Thompson’s restaurant, The Greyhound, in Henley-Thames, plus one night’s stay at the Hotel du Vin in Henley, and £100 toward travel expenses.
33 runners-up will receive a signed copy of ‘Fast Family Food’ by Anthony Worrall Thompson.
Not bad as far as prizes go, huh?
In a recent survey done by Gaviscon Double Action (a heartburn and indigestion remedy), they discovered that Apple Crumble & Custard is the nation’s favourite Double Act pudding. Now who is going to argue with that? It is perfect comfort food.
Apparently, 58% of Brits admit that they would not turn down the offer of a pudding under any circumstances and 16% of men are eating their favourite pudding once a month compared to 17% of women. Those poor men musn't have a food blogger living with them or I am sure the percentage would be much, much higher!
All you have to do to enter this prize draw, is to choose from the 11 favourite puddings listed and then enter your details. It is too good an opportunity to miss!