Afternoon tea, cake sales, summer fetes, the local coffee shop, all of these places have at least one thing in common, you’re guaranteed to find some form of lemon drizzle/poppyseed cake on offer.
No self-respecting baker would be without such a baking classic in their repertoire (owning 15+ loaf tins, I have baked many varieties & versions of lemon loaf of in each).
The perfect partner to a cup of tea. That brief incomparable moment of respite that can only be induced by the custom of tea & cake. Lemon loaves have an air of nostalgia about them, many have baked them for others (not alwasys), many have closely guarded family recipes, everyone who owns a cookbook has a recipe for one somewhere. There’s something about this sweet, citrus filled cake that makes it a true crowd pleaser.
My version of this classic citrus cake is the resulting attempt at using up leftover ingredients (a sunday ritual in my kitchen). It’s beautifully crumbed, fresh & zesty, with the added nuttiness & distinguished texture of poppy seeds. It’s wonderful aroma in the oven makes this a very satisfying loaf to make that all will enjoy.
LEMON POPPYSEED LOAF
(makes one 2lb loaf)
- 125g butter
- 75g single cream
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g self-raising flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds (toasted)*
- zest x3 lemons
- 3 eggs
*to toast the poppy seeds, spread them out onto a lipped baking tray & place into the preheated oven for 10 minutes, allow to cool fully before using
- Grease & line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, cream & caster sugar
- Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time & thoroughly combine
- Combine the lemon zest, flour, baking powder & add to the mixture
- Stir through the toasted poppy seeds
- Pour the mixture into the loaf tin & bake at 180°C for 1 hour
- Cool the cake in its tin for 10 minutes before removing & allowing to cool fully on a cooling rack
Leave the cake un-iced or combine the juice of half a lemon with enough icing sugar to make either a thick or drizzling icing, wherever the mood takes you