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Lime and Lemon Drizzle Cake
This weekend, I was due to have family come over for Sunday dinner. My step-father is a fan of citrus desserts, as am I; Lemon Meringue being one of his favourites. I thought I would make something that everyone would enjoy, but that wasn’t too fussy as I had other things to do for dinner. As it happened, due to unforeseen car issues, my family were not able to make it over. As I had the citrus fruit in, I didn’t see the point in wasting them so I made the dessert anyway.
A lemon drizzle cake is a tea time classic. It is a simple victoria sponge delicately flavoured with the zest of the fruit, but the thing that makes it sublime is the addition of the juice and sugar drizzled over when it is straight out of the oven. The cake then transforms into something that is sweet and tart. Perfect for any time of day, but you have to have a cup of tea with it – earl grey if you have it.
I had some limes, so decided that the addition of another citrus would make things a little more interesting but you can just stick to lemon if you prefer. Another little tweak to the traditional recipe is the use of light brown sugar for the drizzle. I love brown sugar, it has a more caramel note than caster sugar, and gave the top a slight treacley sticky top, which was perfect to dust with some of the lime zest.