One of my favourite cookery shows is back on TV. The male judge Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are once again gracing our screens on the Great British Bake Off but this time it is the celebrities turn to bake their heart out to raise money for Comic Relief.
So to honour the show’s return I thought it would be a good idea to recreate a recipe of one of the judges, Paul Hollywood.
The recipe is a delicious lemon drizzle cake from his How to Bake book. This is a perfect cookbook for all different levels of bakers. The recipes are easy to follow and the pictures of the finished result is sure to make your mouth water. There are a wide array of recipes to try from a basic Victoria sponge to more complex ones such as a sourdough loaf.
I chose the lemon drizzle recipe because it is simple but in my opinion is the ultimate homage to British baking and the Great British Bake Off.
Preparation time 15–20 minutes
Baking time 40–45 minutes
Makes one loaf.
1 tbsp lemon curd
1 tbsp baking powder
150g Self raising flour
2 medium eggs
1 1/2 tbsp full fat milk
125g Caster sugar
For the drizzle:
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp Granulated sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease and line a loaf tin with grease proof paper.
2. Beat the caster sugar and butter together until it is light and fluffy.
3.Add the milk, eggs, baking powder, flour and lemon curd mixing at all times until it is well combined.
4. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin evenly and place in the middle of the oven for 40–45 minutes. To test if the sponge is fully cooked insert a skewer in the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean it is ready to come out.
5. To make the lemon drizzle mix the lemon juice, zest and granulated sugar together and pour over the cake whilst still hot.
6.Allow to cool and enjoy!
Note– to make the drizzle absorb better pierce several small holes on top of the sponge with a skewer before pouring the mixture over.