Baking Therapy Time!

After a long long lonnnnnnnng week at work, I thought it was time for some baking therapy sessions with the one and only Mamma Jones. It’s just been VERY crazy at work with being short staffed… plus myself being sick. I really really pushed my limits this week, so with just a simple text from my mum saying ‘fancy a baking afternoon?’ I replied with a definite ‘YES!’. So once my time was done at work I took two panadol EXTRA’s and baked my little arse off. We made a lot, so I think work will be very pleased tomorrow when I bring in a dozen cookies (what a way to boost moral!).

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First for the Zesty Lemon Drizzle Cake! Our ultimate favourite cake to enjoy with a little cup of tea (so british). I grew up eating Mr Kipling Lemon Slices and these are literally the same! So a little home comfort food just gave me that little boost I needed.

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Ingredients for the cake:

4 oz butter

6 oz of caster sugar

Grated zest of 2 lemons

2 beaten eggs

6 oz self-raising flour

4 tablespoons of milk

For the drizzle topping 

2 cups of icing sugar

Juice of 1 lemon

Method 

1. Start by creaming the butter, caster sugar and lemon zest until fluffy.

2. Gradually beat in the eggs

3. Mix in the flour and add 4 tablespoons of milk to soften the mixture. It should be soft enough to drop off the end of the spoon when shaken gently.

4. Grease a 1kg/ 2lb loaf tin

5. Bake in a moderate oven, Gas 4, 350 degrees F, 180 degrees C, for 45 – 50 minutes until risen and golden, firm on top and shrinking from the sides of the tin.

6. Just before the cake is ready to come out of he oven, prepare the lemon drizzle. In a separate bowl/container combine the lemon juice and 2 cups of icing sugar together until of dropping consistency.

7. Once the cake is out of the oven turn over onto a cooling rack and leave to cool. Once cool drizzle the icing over the top of the cake letting it gently drizzle over the sides of the cake. For an additional decoration grate the zest of a lemon across the top of the icing.

8. Eat with a lovely cup of tea & ENJOY 🙂

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Now for the cookie challenge!

Me and my mums downfall on baking would most definitely be baking cookies… and since we LOVE Mary berry as you all know! We thought since her recipes have NEVER failed us, lets give it a try! So we got out the Mary berry baking bible of amazingness and found her fork biscuit recipe. I took a photograph out of her book of the recipe and ingredients list so you can all give it a try. We gave it our best shot and guess what? they were a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

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They are complete with a lovely crumbly texture (so its not a dunking biscuit for your tea!) It reminds me of the taste of shortbread yet a lot more of a lighter texture to it. So like I said in one of my previous posts, try out Mary Berry’s recipes! You’ll regret it if you don’t because they will never fail to disappoint. My Mary Berry obsession will never end.

So go off now and start droooooooling over the yummy bakes I made today & HAPPY THURSDAY. We are almost at the weekend! Thank the lord, really need a rest! Enjoy your day everyone 🙂

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