Earl Grey Lemon Drizzle Cake

This simple recipe upgrades a classic British favourite to something rather elegant, just right for afternoon tea. Teahuggers’ Earl of Bath puts a twist on the traditional bergamot flavours of Earl Grey tea, with added lemongrass and rose petals, so it makes the perfect addition to a light lemon sponge. Serve with your finest china and a freshly-brewed pot of Earl of Bath.

Ingredients

225g margarine

225g caster sugar

4 eggs

225g self-raising flour

2 Earl of Bath teabags

Zest of one lemon

For the icing:

Juice of two lemons

150g icing sugar

Serves 8

 

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan). Open up the Earl of Bath teabags and place the contents in a food processor along with 50g of the caster sugar. Pulse until you have a fine mixture.

2. Cream together the tea and sugar mixture, remaining caster sugar and margarine. Then, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time.

3. Add the flour and the lemon zest, and stir until the mixture is nice and smooth. Grease a loaf tin, 8 x 23cm, and line the bottom with a piece of greaseproof paper. Fill with the cake mixture and level the top with a spoon. Bake for an hour and ten minutes, or until a fork inserted into the middle comes out clean.

4. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool. Once the cake is fairly cool, mix together the juice of half a lemon with a tablespoon of icing sugar, prick the top of the cake all over with a fork, and then drizzle with the liquid so that it soaks in, to make the middle nice and moist.

5. Finally, mix together the juice of the remaining lemons and the rest of the icing sugar to make a much thicker icing. Pour over the cake, encouraging some artistic dribbling down the sides, and finish off with a sprinkling of edible rose petals or a little more Earl of Bath tea. You can eat it warm and gooey, or leave the icing to set into a shiny, crispy crust.

Created by Sal Godfrey for Taste of Bath

Tea

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s