Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Kitchen Series- Lemon madeira cake

Today is another recipe and a link up for The Kitchen series. Just link up below and share a recipe blog post, it's that simple. We had seven link up last week and I'm doing the happy dance. {I'll visit, we all think you're brilliant, and we'll learn some great recipes}.
Our colds are still lingering so there has been a lot of time at home, it's too cold to be outside for long periods. It's a week till Spring so fingers crossed the warmth will come with it. So what to do with a toddler when it's to cold for being outdoors? Bake! 
I'm also a real believer in growing and using seasonal produce. Our lemon tree has grown big, juicy lemons this winter {hallelujah} so we picked a bunch. We made a lemon Madeira cake with citrus frosting for our Montessori lesson. The recipe is from Wild Sugar desserts by Skye Craig and Lyndel Miller it's such a beautiful recipe book for those that love to bake.  Miss Three read the ingredients along with me, weighing ingredients, cracking eggs and mixing the batter. Icing the cake and then licking the spoon at the end was probably her best bit. 
Here's how you do it.



ingredients
250g butter, softened
200g caster {superfine sugar}
2 lemons, zested and juiced
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
5 eggs, lightly beaten {this makes a dense cake for a lighter version use 3 eggs}


how to make
Preheat oven 170 degrees. Prepare two 20 cms round 8 inch cake tins by greasing with butter on base and sides or one really big cake tin.
In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar, mix until light and fluffy, then add lemon zest. Set aside. In another bowl, add flour and baking powder using a whisk to combine.
To the butter mixture, add eggs gradually and add about 1 tblsp of flour after each egg. this should prevent curdling. Beat well, after each egg. Gently fold in the flour mixture into the two pans evenly, smooth over the top gently. This recipe is worth care.
Bake for 25 minutes in the centre of the oven. Set your timer. Check with skewer. When cooked, remove from the oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes, and then remove carefully onto a wire cake rack to cool.
Dress your cake as desired we went for a citrus icing as we had cream cheese and lemons already.
Serves 10-12 people.

how to make in the thermomix
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. grease and/or line a 20 cm cake pan and set aside.
Place 300g of raw sugar into the TM mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9.
Shake Tm bowl and place sugar in a bowl then reset the weigh button on the thermomix and measure 200g of sugar into the mixing bowl. Add all other remaining ingredients and mix 5 sec/speed 4. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix for a further 10 sec/speed 4. 
Pour cake mixture into a prepared cake pan and bake 45-55 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Variations to cake
lemon or orange poppy seed cake: add 2 tbsp of poppy seeds when adding all ingredients and proceed with recipe.

Frosting {bling for your cake}

Chantilly Cream
1 cup of pouring cream
2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
1 vanilla bean {cut down the centre and scraped inside} or 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Whip all ingredients together until soft peaks form

Cream Cheese frosting
250g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese
200g of icing sugar or add the leftover sugar you blitzed into the TM bowl 
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Lemon cream cheese frosting
250g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese
zest of one lemon
200g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract {optional}
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.

Black Cherry and Vanilla Frosting
100g unsalted butter
250g cream cheese
300g icing sugar
50 g black cherries {about 8 cherries}
100g sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla paste/extract
Combine all ingredients in a bow and mix until smooth and creamy
I usually do this in the TM thermie bowl for 10 sec/speed 6.



Now for the Kitchen Series Link Up:

All you need to do is link up your blogpost and share your recipes and we will be on our way. For those that tried to link in last week I have downloaded the link up again so go back {here to In the Kitchen Series #1 and try to link up again.}
Have a great week everyone.














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