Lemon drizzle traybake

This is always moist and crunchy. The cake still needs to be warm when the topping is added so that it absorbs the lemon syrup easily, leaving the sugar on top. Do allow the cake to cool a little though – if it is too hot, the syrup will tend to run straight through.

What you need:

  • 225 gram butter (softened)
  • 225 gram caster sugar
  • 275 gram self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • finely grated zest of 2 lemons

For the crunchy topping:

  • 175 gram granulated sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons

Tin needed: a traybake or roasting tin, 30 x 23 x 4 cm.

1: Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking parchment to fit the tin. Grease the tin and then line with the paper, pushing it neatly into the corners. Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC. Measure all the ingrediënts for the traybake into a large bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes, untill well blended. Best to use an electric mixer but of course you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin, scraping the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula to remove all of the mixture. Level the top gently with the back of the spatula.

2: Bake in the middle of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the traybake springs back when pressed lightly with a finger in the centre and is beginning to shrink away from the sides of the tin. Allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then lift the cake out of the tin still in the lining paper. Carefully remove the paper and put the cake on to a wire rack placed over a tray (to catch drips of the topping).

3: To make the crunchy topping, mix the granulated sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl to give a runny consistency. Spoon this mixture evenly over the traybake while it is still just warm. Cut into 30 squares when cold.

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