This is another “I better write this down before I forget” recipe. Actually, I wanted to bake it according to Jamie Oliver’s recipe of “Nan’s lemon drizzle cake” taken from his latest book Cook with Jamie. But after putting all the stuffs on the table, I found that I am short of 100 grams of almond powder plus I don’t think my kids will enjoy eating sourish, lemon cake. Jamie made his cake with 3 lemons. One for the cake, one for the syrup and one for the icing.
Here’s my improvised recipe using semolina flour (sugi) because it looks exactly like almond powder!Ã‚ Hehehe, this is the first time I bought semolina flour and did not know that I need to somewhat soak the flour a bit.Ã‚ No wonder my cake is so dry, but still tasty.
125 g butter, unsalted (about 4 oz)
125 g caster sugar
130 g self-raising flour
1 lemon – juice and zest (the yellow skin)
50 g poppy seeds (or about 2 tablespoons, buy those blue ones, they look pretty)
180 g almond powder (make sure it is powdered and not sliver or flakes)
**over here, I improvised with 50 grams almond powder mixed with 100 gms semolina (soak in a few spoonful of water first)
Method – The usual way of making cakes, i.e.
Cream butter and sugar
Add eggs one at a time
Add the juice, almond, flour and poppy seed
Bake in 180 deg celcius for 40 minutes
See the recipe book in the background?Ã‚ I love looking at those poppy seeds in the cake batter.Ã‚ I told my kid they look like ants, don’t they?Ã‚ 😛
In Jamie’s recipe, he prepared a part of lemon juice which he poured into the cake after it is out of the oven.Ã‚ Next, he make another lemon syrup for decoration.
I did not use the juice of a whole lemon as I am pretty sure it will be too sourish for children.Ã‚ What I did was mix several tablespoons of icing sugar with the juice of half a lemon.Ã‚ My lemon syrup sort of disappeared into the cake before I managed to take a photo.
Another “I did it Jamie Oliver’s way” photo. The cake is very nice because it doesn’t have the rich, buttery taste of the normal butter cake. You can get surprising burst of flavours like the tasty almonds, crispy poppy seeds and zesty lemon with each bite.