Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeasy

Since finding out more about Edward's allergies I have been looking for/developing some totally dairy free recipes. The milk component is easy to substitute with rice or soy milk but the butter component is a little trickier. I have been focusing on recipes with oil or melted butter(which I substitute with oil).

One of the benefits of such recipes is that they are extremely easy to put together. The throw-it-all-in-and-mix type. I now have a few recipes which I thought I would share. Not so much because they are dairy free, but because they are so so easy.

Really, after reading these recipes there is simply no excuse for not home baking. They all take less than 10 minutes to put together! So easy in fact, my girls often make them. The other thing about the recipes which I love is that they all taste great with wholemeal flour and raw sugar which I try to use wherever possible.

The first is a lemon cake recipe, sometime this week I will share my chocolate cake and muffin recipe.

Lemon Cake

2 cups self-raising flour
½ cup caster sugar
Finely grated zest 1 lemon
Juice of lemon
3 eggs
½ cup milk
½ cup olive oil

1 cup icing sugar
Juice 1 lemon

Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Lightly grease a 20cm round cake pan. Line base and sides with baking paper.
Sift flour into a large bowl, put in all other ingredients and mix together.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked when tested. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

ICING. Meanwhile, sift icing sugar into a small bowl. Add enough juice to make a smooth, spreadable consistency. Drizzle over cake. Stand until icing sets.
Adapted From Womans Day By Kathryn Parker

See those rays of sunlight shining on the cake? They are the only glimpses that we have all day and magically they appeared at school pick-up time. We enjoyed the walk home in the golden glow.

Look, here is more of it.

Oh, and what is that mark on my windows? Ahhh, little people's finger prints. Just as well you weren't under the illusion I was a total domestic goddess!


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your lemon cake looks delicious - a friend gave me some lemons the other day so this is one i will have to make! Hope Edwards starts to feel brighter now that his allergies have been identified!

Cass said...

This cake sounds lovely, I've got some lemons begging to be used

Louise said...

I have a great big bag of lemons waiting to be turned into something. That sounds like a yummy cake and looks fab. I am also a huge fan of melted butter style cakes as they are so easy peasy and the kids can help. I wonder if your chocolate one is the same as mine!!

Violet & Rose said...

As you know, we love a good lemon dessert-ish thingy in this house, like your lemon slice. So will have to try the cake. Very happy to see that you did actually achieve something today. I'm still hoping ....

Kelly McClorey said...

lemons are my favourite and cake is in the top ten too so i'll definitely try this! looks deelish : )

13mimosa said...

Friends of ours have an allergic son and I believe nutalex is a substitute in their house.

Paula said...

I just made this cake for a lovely visitor to my home. I remembered this post whilst racking my brain to think up a new invention! Thank you, it is such a treat! And thanks for keeping a lovely blog. I am an Aussie living in Japan so I like to read a bit about home from time to time :)