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Ingredients

For the drizzle topping

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  • STEP 2

    Beat together the butter and caster sugar until pale and creamy, then add the eggs, one at a time, slowly mixing through.

  • STEP 3

    Sift in the self-raising flour, then add the lemon zest and mix until well combined.

  • STEP 4

    Line a loaf tin (8 x 21cm) with greaseproof paper, then spoon in the mixture and level the top with a spoon.

  • STEP 5

    Bake for 45-50 mins until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  • STEP 6

    While the cake is cooling in its tin, mix together the lemon juice and caster sugar to make the drizzle.

  • STEP 7

    Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer or fork, then pour over the drizzle – the juice will sink in and the sugar will form a lovely, crisp topping.

  • STEP 8

    Leave in the tin until completely cool, then remove and serve. Will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days, or freeze for up to 1 month.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

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