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Lemons [Aug. 9th, 2010|09:49 am]
Tony Grist
We kept  Fabrizio most of yesterday. During that time I taught him to stand on one leg and gave him lemon rinds to eat- which he loved. Who says children have a naturally sweet tooth?
I had lemon rinds to spare because I was making lemon drizzle cake for an afternoon tea party.  My lemon drizzle cake-  I got the recipe from the BBC's Woman's Hour website- which says it "crops up consistently...in old Irish cookery books"- makes friends wherever it goes. Our friend Margo is going to be hosting an 18th century evening and we were discussing whether "the old Irish cookery books" were likely to be old enough for my cake to be served at it.

[User Picture]From: dakegra
2010-08-09 09:23 am (UTC)
During that time I taught him to stand on one leg

The thought of this has brought a huge smile to my face.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-09 09:56 am (UTC)
It's remarkable how quickly he caught on. :)
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2010-08-09 10:12 am (UTC)
Oooo, can you post the link to the recipe?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-09 11:19 am (UTC)
They seem to have taken down the page, but it's very simple; it goes like this.

Cream 6 oz of butter with 6 oz of sugar (I use coarse, sticky brown sugar)

Add three large eggs and 6 oz self raising flour alternately, beat gently.

Add the zest of one large lemon.

Bake at 180 C for 50-60 mins.

Meanwhile heat the juice of the lemon with 2 tablespoons of sugar- boil for 2 mins until sugar is dissolved.

When cake is baked , make holes in the surface with a skewer and pour over the lemon/sugar mixture.

And that's it.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-08-09 03:24 pm (UTC)
Lemon drizzle...my favorite.
I remember begging my mum for the lemon rinds and for the occasional entire half lemon so I could suck out the juice...no sugar!

Lemon drizzle is our favorite cake.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-09 03:35 pm (UTC)
There was a song when we were kids that went,

Lemon tree very pretty
And the lemon flower is sweet,
But the fruit of the poor lemon
Is impossible to eat.

I couldn't figure it because I was quite happy to suck lemons.

I'm very fond of lemon drizzle- also carrot cake- though I hate carrots.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2010-08-09 08:35 pm (UTC)
I too ate lemons when I was a kid. Also used raw lemons sans sugar to cut phlegm when under bronchitis attacks during my smoking years. It worked, better than cough drops.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-09 08:43 pm (UTC)
I was making lemonade earlier this summer. Just lemon juice, lemon peel and water. No added sugar. Very good it was too.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-08-10 07:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, lemon drizzle cake. Yummy...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-11 11:13 am (UTC)
One of my absolute favourites.
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