Lemon Cake

Recipe from 'Kitchen Secrets' by Raymond Blanc. Click here to purchase book.

Perfect for afternoon tea, this has been served at Le Manoir for the past 25 years.

Preparation: 15 mins plus cooling.

Cooking: 50 mins - 1 hour.

Special equipment: 26 x 9cm non-stick loaf tin, cook's thermometer.

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Ingredients Required

5 Organic/free range eggs (*1)
300g Caster sugar
140g Double cream
3 Whole lemons (zest, finely grated)
25ml Dark rum
1 pinch Salt
80g Unsalted butter, melted
240g Plain flour
½ tsp Baking powder (*2)
For the glaze
50g Apricot jam, warmed in a saucepan
For glazing the cake with lemon & icing sugar
3 tbsp Lemon juice
1 Whole lemon (zest, finely grated)
150g Icing sugar

Cooking Method

To prepare the cake

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Lightly grease the loaf tin and line with greaseproof  paper (*1). In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, lemon zest, rum, salt and melted butter. Sift the flour and baking powder together, then whisk into the egg mixture until smooth.

To bake the cake

Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and gently level the surface. Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour, turning the tin around halfway through cooking. To test the cake, insert a small knife into the middle – if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. Turn out onto a wire rack (*2) and leave to cool for 10 minutes.

To glaze

Lightly brush the cake all over with the warm jam (*3). Leave for 5 minutes. Mix the lemon zest and juice with the icing sugar in a small pan and warm over a low heat to 35°C (*4), until smooth. Brush the lemon glaze evenly over the top and sides of the cake (*5) and leave for a few minutes to set. Place the cake on a baking tray in the oven, turn off the heat and leave for 3–5 minutes to dry the glaze – it will become translucent. Allow to cool before slicing.

 

Kitchen Secrets

Recipe from 'Kitchen Secrets' by Raymond Blanc, published by Bloomsbury. 

Click here to purchase book.

Recipe © Raymond Blanc 2011.

Photograph © Jean Cazals 2011.