Sunday, 31 August 2014

Madeira Loaf

Almost everybody knows Madeira cake.  A nice, simple cake that goes so well with a good cup of tea.  It is almost impossible to get this cake wrong.  Mine turned out nicely, though I have no photo to share.  As if I need to repeat myself, I didn't realise I was going to start this blog, so didn't photograph many of my early bakes.

I am sure I will make this again soon, so then I will be able to update with a photo.


This was the fourth loaf of my one day baking blitz, so by the end I was ready for a rest.  But first I had to deliver the cakes to the intended recipients, and to sample them, with some tea.



Ingredients 
  • 240 grams unsalted butter (softened)
  • 200 grams caster sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
  • grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 210 grams self-raising flour
  • 90 grams plain flour
Method
You will need a loaf tin (23 x 13 x 7cm / 9 x 5 x 3 inches), buttered and lined.

  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas mark 3/325ºF.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar, and add the lemon zest.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of the flour for each.
  4. Then gently mix in the rest of the flour and, finally, the lemon juice.
  5. Sprinkle with caster sugar (about 2 tablespoons should do it) as it goes into the oven, and bake for 1 hour or until a cake-tester comes out clean.
  6. Remove to a wire rack, and let cool in the tin before turning out.

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