I have always thought that Madeira cake comes from Madeira and has Madeira wine. It is actually an English sponge cake traditionally lemon flavoured.
This is another easy cake to bake and is great for beginners. In fact, this cake is baked by my new helper under my instructions. She can't read recipes. I like the texture which is soft and crumbly. Mixed berry jam is a nice complement to this lemon flavoured cake.
Overall, this is a nice quickie cake to do, and because it is lemon flavoured, I like it! If this cake is good enough for Nigella to share, it is good for me. Now, I'm wondering which mother in law? Her first late husband or the abusive ex husband?
My Mother-in-law's Madeira Cake
Nigella Lawson 'How to be a Domestic Goddess
1/2 measurement adapted from Zoe
8 x17cm loaf
80g unsalted butter
55g caster sugar + 1 tsp for sprinkling
1/2 a lemon zest
20ml lemon juice
70g self raising flour
30g plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 170C. Cream the butter and sugar, and add the lemon zest.
- Add the eggs one a time with tablespoon of the flour for each.
- Then gently mix in the rest of the flour and finally the lemon juice.
- Sprinkle with caster sugar
- Bake for 25 minutes.
This post is linked to Bake Along hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Joyce from
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