Let’s Bake! (Lemon Drizzle Cake Edition) – Collab with Hannah

I haven’t done a baking post in so long! This one is a collab with Hannah at Just Another Day. We decided to both do a baking post where we would swap traditional recipes form the UK/NZ respectively. Hannah decided to bake some Hokey Pokey Biscuits, and I decided to try my hand at Lemon Drizzle Cake!

The recipe I used can be found here.

lemon cake 01

  • 225g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • lemons (to zest and juice)

lemon cake 02

Mix together the butter and sugar.

lemon cake 03

Add the eggs one at a time, and slowly mix together. Add lemon zest, and sift in flour.

lemon cake 04

Pour the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes at 180 degrees. It’s ready when a toothpick comes out clean. For me this took around 50 minutes. It was a little burnt around the edge, but I wanted to make sure that it was completely done.

lemon cake 05

It smelt so good when it came out! As I was waiting for it to cool, I made some glaze from lemon juice and caster sugar. I poked holes all over the cake and poured the glaze on top. That way, it sinks into the cake, and has a nice crunchy topping once the glaze sets.

lemon cake 06

Not gonna lie, this tasted amazing!! Rory and I have had quite a few pieces already, and I’m definitely bookmarking the recipe for another day!

lemon cake 07

Be sure to check out Hannah’s post as well to see how her Hokey Pokey Biscuits came out!

Angela.

Let’s Bake! (Star Constellation Cookies Edition)

As you guys may know, Rory got me the Nerdy Nummies recipes book for my birthday. I decided to try the Star Constellation Cookies first, as a way to celebrate New Years! It also didn’t look too intimidating which is good.

Basically, to make the cookies, I made her basic recipe of Lemon Sugar Cookies first, then cut them into star shapes, and ice them and add some sparkles.

recipe

Here’s the ingredients that you’ll need.

For the cookies (this recipe makes 24 cookies, I’ve halved the original recipe):

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter (at room temp)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tbsp lemon zest (finely grated)
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • White pearl dust

ingredients

First, we make the lemon sugar cookies dough.

Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl then set aside.

In another bowl, beat the butter until it’s softened. Add the sugar and beat until it’s light and fluffy.

Add the egg in and mix.

Beat in the lemon zest, juice and vanilla. Gently add the flour mixture and mix together until well combined.

dough

Roll the cookie dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it’s 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies using the star cookie cutter.

cut out stars

Place them on the lined baking trays.

stars

Bake them at 180 C for 10-13 minutes. You want them to be firm to the touch but not brown at the edges (Ro’s words). You’ve got to keep a close eye on them as they’re very small so they can easily burn. Once they’re out, let them cool completely.

This next part was tricky for me. I made Ro’s royal icing recipe and filled it in a bag, with the smallest decorating tip I had. I outline the stars with icing, then fill in the center. Ro suggests using a toothpick to help spread it evenly.

icing

I can’t even tell you how many cookies I had from this batch. I know it was over at least seventy. Anyway, the last step is to add the white pearl dust. Mix equal parts water and pearl dust, then use a small paintbrush to add the final decoration to the cookies.  Now you’re done!

cookies

So many star cookies!!

cookies 2

These are star constellation cookies after all. So I arranged them to look like some constellations. From left to right, I made Little Dipper, Libra and Sagittarius.

I was having so much fun with all of these, but in the end, we just wanted to eat the cookies. I really recommend this recipe, even if you just use the lemon sugar cookies recipe. They’re so yummy!

star constellation cookies

As an extra reason for celebration, it seems I’ve reached 2300 followers! I know I mention each hundred that passes by, but I’m just so happy and thankful that my blog continues to reach new people! I do my best to keep up with everyone, so please do stop by and say hi in the comments!

Angela.

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Let’s Bake! (Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies Edition)

Hey! Welcome to another baking post! I mean, they’ve all been variations of cookies, but what can I say? I love cookies.

Anyway, you can find the original recipe here. I have halved it as per usual, as well as made some substitutions, as I didn’t check I had everything before making it. I used lemon juice, instead of extract. The lemon taste was very faint because of that, so I would suggest using extract or zest if you want a more lemony taste. I also never have corn syrup, but my maple syrup was out too, so I just used honey.

Let’s start baking!

  • 85g butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup (I used honey)
  • 1 tsp lemon extract (I used 1 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

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Let’s Bake! (Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies Edition)

Let’s Bake! (Lemon Sugar Tea Cookies Edition)

Hey! Welcome to another baking post! I’ve been really happy that I’ve been able to try baking something new every week for a month now! I mean, they’ve all been variations of cookies, but what can I say? I love cookies.

Anyway, you can find the original recipe here. I have halved it as per usual, as well as made some substitutions, as I didn’t check I had everything before making it. I used lemon juice, instead of extract. The lemon taste was very faint because of that, so I would suggest using extract or zest if you want a more lemony taste. I also never have corn syrup, but my maple syrup was out too, so I just used honey.

Let’s start baking!

  • 85g butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup (I used honey)
  • 1 tsp lemon extract (I used 1 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

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