Great British Bake Off is back on our TV’s and I am so happy! I don’t watch much TV, but I have a handful of programmes that I watch religiously and this one comes up top every year. For the last 2 years I’ve been telling myself I’ll follow along every week by baking at least one, if not all, of the recipes in that week’s show. But let’s face it, it can be quite time consuming, but it can also be quite expensive! Flour, sugar and eggs aren’t exactly going to break the piggy bank, but all the additional ingredients aren’t usually items you’d have to hand. That’s where Voucher Box come in with their cleverly thought out, Great British Save Off series of posts. They’ve done all the math for you and worked out how much each portion of ingredients will cost you, from a handful of your top supermarkets. This lets you know up front where the best place to go is, in order to start baking delicious treats for less. Sainsbury’s worked out the cheapest, but you can save even more money by simply checking out these Sainsbury’s vouchers.
If you watched the first episode, you’ll know the series kicked off with a lovely lemon drizzle cake. Can’t beat a bit of drizzle cake. So this week, that’s exactly what I baked! It’s a fairly simple recipe that involves no faff at all, but for some reason when you see them baking it in the tent, everyone seems stressed…then again, I didn’t have Mary Berry staring at me whilst baking away, did I? So, here’s how to do it:
175g Self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp Baking Powder
175g Butter, softened
175g Caster Sugar
3 Medium Eggs
2 tbsp Skimmed Milk
Finely grated rind of 2 lemons
115g Caster Sugar
Juice of 2 lemons, strained
1. Pre-heat oven to 180c and grease a cake tin or loaf tin (depending on which one you prefer).
2. Sift the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and mix together. Then add in the rest of the cake mixture ingredients until all combined.
3. Pour mixture into your chosen tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until cooked. Mine took 50 minutes in a 1kg loaf tin.
4. Take out of the tin and rest on a wire tray.
5. In a small saucepan, add the sugar and lemon juice and heat gently until the sugar has fully dissolved.
6. Whilst the cake is still warm, poke small holes on top of the cake (not all the way through to the base). This will help the syrup we’ve just made to soak through the cake. Then, pour your syrup over the sponge whilst the cake is still warm.
There you have it; a lemon drizzle cake. Told you it was simple, didn’t I?
You can check out my other food posts for more tasty treats!
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