Words to the wise: beware of inviting a blogger over for an afternoon of cake-making, he he he.... In the end, Marienne coped admirably with me turning her lounge-room into a photographic studio - lights, camera, action! Her hands over-came their camera shyness and she was very patient while I practiced my 'document the steps' process... I can tell you now, those people who make step-by-step photographs for magazines and cook-books are legends!! Juggling the attention to detail on the 'set', while keeping the actual cooking process on schedule is quite a task.
So here's my first attempt at step-by-step documentation:
zest and juice the lemons...
cream the butter and rapidura sugar...
beat in the zest and eggs...
whisk in the milk and fold in the flour...
stir in the lemon juice and pour into a lined cake tin...
bake at 180 degrees C for 30 - 45 minutes...
when baked, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Prick all over with a fork and pour the citron-syrup evenly over the cake, allowing it to soak in.
And the recipe?
Marienne's Zesty Citron Cake: (gluten-free)
150g unsalted butter
175g rapidura (dried sugar-cane juice)
grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup almond meal
125ml soy or cow milk
60g sticky-rice flour
115g rice flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
juice of 1/2 lemon
100g icing sugar
100ml lemon juice (1/1/2 lemons)
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add lemon zest and eggs and whisk in. Add milk and almond meal and whisk through. Sift flours and the baking powder together and gently fold in to the cake mix. Do not beat much at this stage, as you don't want to 'toughen' the mix or lose its airiness. Fold through the lemon juice and pour immediately into a greased and lined cake tin. A spring-form tin is easiest for removal after baking.
Bake 30-45 minutes at 180 degrees C.
While the cake is baking, prepare the citrus syrup - place icing sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and cook over a gentle heat, dissolving the icing sugar, but do not boil.
When the cake is golden on top and a skewer comes out clean when tested, remove from oven and cool in the tin on a wire rack.
Prick the cake all over with a fork and pour the citrus syrup evenly over the cake, allowing it to soak in.
Remove from tin and serve immediately, or store in a sealed container over night.