Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake

Posted By Kerri

Stephen and I have this week off and don’t have much planned apart from a little cooking and a lot of relaxing. We’re both quite fond of cake but don’t tend to eat them very often or make them ourselves as we always seem to have one eye on the waistline. Being on holiday is a good excuse though so I did a little research and this is the recipe that stood out.

Another reason for the lack of baking is, as I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I’m not much of a baker. I’m a bit of a throw it all in the pot and see what happens kind of cook; baking and all its associated measuring and weighing doesn’t fit well with that kind of mentality and, if I’m really honest, I find it all a bit scary.

This recipe however was very easy to follow and took very little time to put together. I was slightly worried when, 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, it was very brown on top and wet in the middle but I put some foil on the top and took a few deep breaths. We ended up cooking it for slightly over the one hour but it turned out well. Full of lemony flavour, moist in the middle and crunchy on the outside. Delicious and perfect with a cup of tea.

Recipe courtesy of Nigella via the lovely Penny of Penelope’s Pantry.

Sep 22nd, 2008

3 Comments to 'Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake'

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  1. Rachel said,

    This is the recipe I always use too, you can’t really go wrong with Nigella. I’m not a very ‘technical’ baker either. I’ve found it just takes a bit of patience and once you’re used to it, cakes often give the best rewards for the least effort, and you get more compliments too!

    Ps. Have you tried using american recipes using cups? I find cutting out all the measuring makes it more pleasurable or my yoghurt cake recipe (http://whatrachelatetoday.blogspot.com/2008/03/yoghurt-cake.html), the easiest cake recipe ever, measure it all in a yoghurt pot!

  2. Kerri said,

    In the past, I’ve not had a lot of luck with Nigella recipes but we recently cooked her breaded pork chops and they were lovely so I thought she deserved a second chance. Patience is definitely the key 🙂

    I’ll check out your yoghurt cake, we use cups for lots of other recipes but I haven’t tried it for baking – thanks.

  3. Happy Cook said,

    Oh yeah i know what you mean. Both hubby and I are trying to loose few kilos and he tells me i should stop making all the cakes etc….. so now when i make a cake i takeit to my mother in laws place so itis shared with everybody there , so i too can just eat 1 or 2 piece.
    Love the poppy seed cake

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