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lemon madeira cake

This makes a lovely buttery zesty cake. Once you have made this you will never want to eat a shop bought Madeira cake again.


240g softened butter (i.e. an entire pack, once you have greased your tin)
200g caster sugar
Grated zest and juice of one lemon
3 large eggs
210g self raising flour
90g plain flour

450g loaf tin, buttered and lined

Oven at 170 degrees c / gas mark 5.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the lemon zest.

Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of flour for each.

Next gently mix in the rest of the flour.   Finally, add the lemon juice.

Pour the cake mixture into the prepared loaf tin, sprinkle the top with caster sugar, and bake for one hour (a metal skewer inserted into the cake should come out clean when the cake is done).

Let the cake cool in the tin before you try to move it.  

Based on a Nigella Lawson recipe. 

If you're thinking about trying this and you're totally new to baking, you might find reading The Bloke's comments on this recipe instructive.

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