I decided I was going to attempt to learn to bake and cook more in preparation for when I eventually move out of my mum and dad’s house (this year hopefully). I’ve always loved baking more than cooking because a cake at the end of your work is always a good incentive.
So I cracked out the cook books I had been given previously and I thought I’d go with a simple lemon drizzle traybake recipe because it’s easy for me to take that to work and for people to help themselves.
Makes about 16 slices
225g (8oz) butter, plus some for greasing
225g (8oz) caster sugar
275g (9.5oz) self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
4 tbsp milk
zest of 2 lemons
For the glaze
juice of 2 lemons
175g (6oz) granulated sugar
I love how simple this was to follow, it was literally a case of everything getting chucked into a bowl.
Preheat the oven at 160ºC/ or 350°F or gas mark 4. Grease your tin with butter and baking parchment before getting all your ingredients together. Put the butter, sugar, lemon zest, eggs, flour and baking powder in a bowl and mix with an electric beater or wooden spoon until smooth. The only thing I had to actually focus for was zesting the lemons, ye turns out it’s pretty simple. I mean when it’s all chucked in a bowl it looks anything but appetising but I promise it tastes good – Is it still acceptable to lick the bowl at 25? I’m going to go with yes.
After chucking it in the oven for … minutes, omg the smell was amazing! While it was cooking I made the glaze to go with it which is just the lemon juice and sugar mixed together.
I took it out the oven but because I my kitchen is not as equipped for a baker as I would like I didn’t have a rack to put them on to cool but it’s fine I just take it out the tray and spread the glaze over it while it was hot. Wait for them to cool down cut them into squares and there we go!
This photo doesn’t do it justice because honestly these are so good! They are so light and spongey. Even if you’re not a massive lemon fan there is a good chance you will enjoy these because I’m not a lemon person but really did enjoy these. Although my brother said I should make them raspberry next time – anyone got any ideas on how to make a raspberry traybake???