27 May 2009

Recipe: Sir Percy’s Favorite Sticky Lemon Cake

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Sir Percy’s Favorite Sticky Lemon Cake

From:Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea” mystery book by Nancy Atherton

From Denny: Don't you just love it when an author gives you recipes after finishing their novel, cool! We love lemon recipes here in Louisiana, crazy for them!

Serves 6 to 8.

Cake:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1-1/2 tsps. grated lemon peel

2 large eggs

1-1/4 cups self-rising flour

Optional toppings: whipped cream, clotted cream, lemon curd or confectioners’ sugar

Lemon Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square glass baking dish.

2. Use an electric mixer to cream the butter in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the sugar and lemon peel and beat until fluffy.

3. Beat in one egg, then half of the flour; repeat.

4. Pour the batter into the buttered glass baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the cake’s center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack.

5. While the cake is baking, combine the 1/2 cup sugar and ø cup lemon juice in a small bowl to make the Lemon Syrup. Whisk until the sugar dissolves.

6. Use a toothpick to poke holes all over the top of the warm cake. Spoon the Lemon Syrup slowly over the cake, allowing it to soak in. Cool the cake completely.

7. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and cut into small squares. It’s very rich. Can also be served with whipped cream, clotted cream or lemon curd.

Testing note: The Sticky Lemon Cake tastes like a lemon square. It’s better the second day when the acidity of the lemon juice and peel have mellowed. Store covered in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature to serve.

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