It’s been a bit quiet around here lately, as I’ve been on strict orders to cut down the baking with my wedding coming up. Saying that, this is the first of 3 bakes I’ve done in the past couple of weeks that needs blogging.

My will-power is shocking!

Anyway, I looked at my fruitbowl and saw a HUGE lemon that Ollie and Katy had left here when they came over. It seemed a great opportunity to bake so I chose this recipe from BBC Goodfood. You can see the original recipe HERE.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Recipe:

50g poppy seeds
185ml warm milk
220g caster sugar
3 eggs
300g self-raising flour
200g unsalted butter, softened
1 lemon, rind grated, juiced
300g icing sugar

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and line a loaf pan.

Combine the poppy seeds and milk in a bowl and set aside for 15 minutes.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Combine the caster sugar and 185g of the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs. Fold in the flour gradually, alternate with the poppy seed and milk mix.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Finally stir in lemon rind.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Alternatively add the ingredients to an electric mixer. Beat on high for 5 minutes until the mixture is pale and thick.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Pour into the pan and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Turn onto a wire rack to cool.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter and place in a bowl with the icing sugar and lemon juice. Beat with an electric beater until smooth, then drizzle over the cake.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

This will make quite a lot of mess, as you can see from my photos. It is all worth it though once you cut yourself a slice or 2 and enjoy with a cup of tea.

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

NBBO - Lemon & Poppyseed Loaf

It’s a bloody tasty bit of loaf, I’d strongly recommend it!

8/10

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