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Lemon Madeira Loaf


With Kim Evans

Lemon Madeira Loaf

Makes 2 loaves
This is a moreish loaf to have with a cup of tea. If you love a strong, lemony flavour add an extra coat of Lemon Glaze.

Ingredients
350g unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups caster sugar
6 eggs
zest and juice of 3 lemons
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup ground almonds
Lemon Glaze
2 lemons, juiced
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup water

Method
1. Preheat oven to 170C. Grease two 22cm × 11cm loaf tins and line with baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is well combined before adding the next.
3. Add lemon zest and juice and mix to combine.
4. Sift flour and baking powder together and fold through egg mixture with the ground almonds. Do not over-mix.
5. Spoon mixture into loaf tins, filling to 1cm below the rim. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 55 minutes, turning after 25 minutes. Loaves are ready when the tops bounce back when lightly touched.
6. To make Lemon Glaze, place ingredients in a saucepan. Boil until sugar dissolves.
7. Remove loaves from tins while still hot and using a pastry brush paint tops with hot Lemon Glaze.

Reproduced with permission from Treats from Little and Friday by Kim Evans.
Published by Penguin Group NZ. RRP $44.99. Copyright © Kim Evans, 2012

(Broadcast: 26 Apr 2012)


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