With the huge changes that life is going through I now spend most of my days at home alone working from home part time and crafting, baking and gardening the rest of the time (with naps and G&Ts thrown in for good measure!). Baking has always been something I do that brings me joy and that’s doubly true when I can share my bakes with those that really appreciate and deserve them. As my OH is a doctor and is still working as normal I have been baking regularly for him and the team at the hospital, I hope it brings a little slice joy to these everyday heros in our NHS.
This bake is a firm favourite with my OH and seeing as we had lemons and thyme leftover from our Sunday Roast Chicken it was perfect simple bake to make and share! This recipe is slightly adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book which is full of amazing cakes and is my go to baking book.
Makes one 8in loaf.
For the cake
- 190g butter
- 190g sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp of finely chopped thyme leaves (remove the stalks)
- 3 eggs
- 190g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 25ml milk
- 1tsp lemon essence (optional)
For the drizzle
- Juice of 2 lemons and the zest of 1.
- Thyme sprigs
- 50g sugar
- Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and grease a 8in loaf tin, if your tin is not silicon use a strip of baking parchment across the length of the tin so you can lift your cake out easily.
- Cream your butter until its light and fluffy then add the sugar and mix together well.
- Add the lemon zest and chopped thyme leaves and mix through.
- Add the eggs one at a time mixing well between each one, the mixture may look curdled but don’t worry the flour will fix this! If your using the lemon essence add this now.
- In a seperate bowl mix the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt, together and add in two parts with the milk between each half of the flour mixture. Mix until combined and then fill your loaf time smoothing the mixture over so it is level.
- Bake for 40mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
- While the cake is baking make the drizzle by combining all of the ingredients in a pan and let it reduce by approx half to make a sticky drizzle that can be spooned over the cakes as soon as they come out of the oven.
- After removing and covering with the drizzle leave to cool in the tin. Once cooled completely slice and enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this bake and all his lemony goodness! Are you doing some baking during this pandemic? I’d love to see your bakes and creations, so share some love and leave a comment!
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