No NAME BRAND baking products this month.
The budget was set and I opted to buy all store or own brand ingredients. Bakers are always told to buy the best ingredients they can afford but maybe the less expensive ingredients shouldn't be looked over. I wanted to test to see if they were up to scratch. I don't shop in one specific supermarket, I shop around and hit a few of them but this month I decided to buy all my baking ingredients from Lidl*.
I found I was pleasantly surprised with their baking selection, it has come a long way and offers some lovely choices. The Cake Slice Bakers and I are flying through Maida Heatters Cakes and this month I opted to make "The Best Damn Lemon Cake" on page 21 which perfectly coincides with my bake-on-a-budget idea.
The Best Damn Lemon Cake
125g Bellbake ground almonds
180g The Pantry self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
125g Dairy Manor butter (melted)
225g Bellbake sugar
2 eggs (free range)
125ml Morning Fresh buttermilk
1 bottle lemon essence
finely grated zest and juice of two large lemons
Preheat the oven to 350F/ 180C or Gas Mark 4. Line a a loaf cake tray with a liner, or butter it up and dust it with flour. Tap out the excess flour and leave the tray to one side.
Sift together the baking powder, flour and salt.
Melt the butter and add to the a bowl with the sugar, beat to mix a little.
Add the eggs on at a time until just incorporated.
On a low speed mix in the dry ingredients alternating with the buttermilk and scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
Mix in the lemon essence.
Remove the bowl from the mixer, add in the grated zest and fold through the ground almonds.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
Bake for 45-65 minutes until the skewer inserted in the middle comes out with crumbs on it, but dry. Two to three minutes before the cake comes out of the oven, make the glaze.
155g Bellbake sugar
85ml of lemon juice
Stir the lemon juice and sugar in a small pot over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not allow it to boil.
When the cake comes out of the oven, let it stand for a few minutes.
Brush the glaze over the cake and allow it to seep in. Try not to apply the glaze quickly. Let it soak in before the next application. (Or if you're anything like me and start the glaze as you really need to be heading out the door to swimming, you'll just poke a few holes and pour it over slowly!!)
Allow the cake to completely cool, then pop it in the fridge over night to soak and settle.
This cake is very, very lemony. It is very, very moist and is most definitely DAMN DELICIOUS!! The results from my bake-on-a-budget were a resounding success. The ingredients from Lidl stood up to the test and I am really pleased with how this cake turned out. My cupboards are restocked and I am happy to say that I will be baking with Lidl's products again.
Moving past all that check out what the other bakers made... And welcome our new members to the group by swinging by and saying hello!
* I wasn't, AT ALL, asked to endorse Lidl's products. All the opinions expressed are my own and I have not been paid or sponsored to do this. This is not a review, more of a look-what-I-did (points to lemon cake) while saving some pennies and it paid off. Kind of a for your information post, if you like. It's sharing a bargain, and I love to share a good bargain!!