Monday, 8 June 2015

Lemon Drizzle Cake

  • 225g/8oz baking spread, straight from the fridge, or butter at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 275g/10oz self-raising flour
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 2 lemons, zest only
  • 1 heaped tbsp very finely chopped lemon verbena (optional) 

For the glaze:
  • 175g/6oz granulated sugar
  • 2 lemons, juice only 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. 
  2. Grease the tin with baking spread and line the base with baking paper. 
  3. Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat for 2 minutes, or until well blended. 
  4. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. 
  5. Bake for 35–40 minutes until the cake has shrunk a little from the sides of the tin and springs back when lightly touched with a fingertip in the centre of the cake. 
  6. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Mix the granulated sugar with the lemon juice and stir to a runny consistency.
  7. Leave the cake to cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then lift out, with the lining paper still attached, and place on wire rack set over a tray. 
  8. Brush the glaze all over the surface of the warm cake and leave to set. 
  9. Remove the lining paper and cut into slices to serve.

Sausage and Potato Bake

I've been watching Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites and this recipe looked delicious.  This will make a lovely, easy dinner.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced lengthways into wedges
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 500g/1lb 2oz baby new potatoes, halved
  • 12 sausages, pricked with a fork
  • 200ml/7fl oz white wine
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/Gas 7. 
  2. Place all the ingredients except the wine in a large, resealable freezer bag. Seal the bag shut and shake well to coat everything in the oil. Alternatively, put everything in a large bowl and turn the ingredients until they are fully coated in the oil. 
  3. Tip into a large roasting tin, spreading the ingredients out into one even layer and ensuring that the sausages aren't covered by any of the vegetables. Season well with salt and pepper. 
  4. Roast for about 30–35 minutes until golden-brown. 
  5. Remove from the oven, turn the sausages over and toss the vegetables in the cooking juices. Pour in the wine and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes or until browned and the sausages are cooked and the potatoes tender. 
  6. Serve hot with a dollop of mustard on the side.