Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

I have finally got around to re baking the lemon and poppy seed loaf I made at weekend and this time it turned out much better.
This is a cross between a cake and a loaf and tastes yummy especially with cream or lemon curd.
Posy made this with me first and I was surprised by how much she did! The only thing I did was zest and juice the lemon and beat the eggs into the flour, and she only didn’t do this as a biscuit was more tempting.
Posy enjoyed measuring the ingredients
She found it interesting on how the mixture changed when we added the eggs she cracked.
As the mixture curdles until you beat it completely.
As I have said she enjoyed mixing and combined all the flour and milk making good work of her gross motor skills. I asked her if she was tired and I was told “no because I have muscles”.
It was also nice to smell the lemon while zesting and looking at the inside of the lemon before squeezing it.
Baking any cake or loaf is very educational while being fun and very yummy too.
Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf
185ml milk
40g poppy seeds
185g butter
220g caster sugar
3 eggs
300g self raising flour
The zest and juice of 1 lemon
First gently warm the milk either in a pan or in the microwave
for 1 minute. Add the poppy seeds and set to one side.
Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4 or 180c, grease a loaf tin.
Cream the butter and sugar together then add the eggs and
beat until the egg is combined and the mixture is smooth.
Add the flour a bit at a time alternating with the milk.
Once combined add the lemon zest and juice.
Add the mixture to the tin and place in the middle of the oven
and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes remove from the
oven cover in tinfoil, turn down the oven to gas mark 3 or
160c and bake for a further 30 minutes.
Leave to cool slightly in the tin then turn out onto a wire rack
and leave to cool completely.
Enjoy with cream or lemon curd.
For a more lemony cake use 2 lemons instead of just the
You can print out the recipy here lemon and poppy seed loaf.

This post was originally published on What to do with the Children

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