The Madeira Loaf
One of my favourite afternoon tea treats is the simple madeira cake…with spring coming up I thought I would try something different and have added sugar coated roses as decoration – most simple afternoon tea ever but sure to impress!
175g butter, 2/3 cups fine sugar, finely grated zest of 1 lemon, 3 eggs, 1 & 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180° and line 11cm x 23cm loaf tin with baking paper.
Put butter, sugar and lemon in a bowl and beat until smooth. Add eggs one by one beating continuously. Sift over flour and baking powder – beat very brief into mixture just making sure all is combined well.
Place mixture into lined baking tin and bake for approximately 40 mins – to check if ready insert skewer or knife in middle and see it comes out clean.
Mix icing sugar and lemon juice together to form a thick paste – add juice to sugar a spoonful at a time to ensure icing does not become too liquid. Use a flat knife or long spatula to spread onto cooled cake.
Use spray-free roses. Brush with beaten egg white and then sprinkle spoons of sugar over. Leave in a dry/ warm place – allow at least 24 hours to dry properly. I like to start the process off in the oven for 30 mins at 40° but be careful if you do this – ensure your oven does not get too hot.
If you want to be decadent you can serve the cake with whipped cream – YUM!
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