I believe that food should be enjoyed, and while I do need to limit the quantity and ensure the quality is top-notch, I don't believe in avoiding treats!
Food is not naughty.. it's delicious!!
So, in the interest of balance, I give you the ultimate lemon cake recipe!!
**warning- contains nuts**
Nigella's Lemon Cake (adapted from How to Eat)
250g caster sugar
250g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
Place lemons in a saucepan, cover with boiling water and simmer for 1-1.5 hours or until the lemons are very tender (a spoon should easily break the skin). Top up with boiling water from the kettle if the water gets too low. Once cooked, remove from water and allow to cool.
Pre-heat oven to 190c degrees and grease and line an 8" round cake tin (or use patty pans like we did!)
Place the cooled lemons in a food processor and whiz them up until they are a fine puree. Pick out any pips that are left over. Add the rest of the ingredients and whiz again until it's all combined.
Pour into pan and bake for about an hour (or until a skewer comes out clean). Check it at the 40 minute mark and place some foil over the top to stop the cake from browning too much (we didn't do this and ended up with dark tops... it was a great excuse to blob some lemon cream on the top!).
Turn the cake out on a tray and allow to cool. As I said, pop some sweetened lemon cream on the top for an extra treat or make up some lemon cream cheese icing... yummy!!!
Enjoy with a cuppa and you've got the makings of a lovely morning or afternoon tea!