Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lemon Cake


125g butter, softened
150g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
40g almond meal
3 eggs
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (I used Meyer lemons)
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to moderate (about 160 degrees C).  Grease a loaf pan; line base with baking paper.
  • Sift flour and almond meal together.  Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined between additions. Then add in orange zest and vanilla extract.
  • Fold in flour and almond meal mixture alternately with the lemon juice, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
  • Leave the cake in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

Meyer lemon is believed to be an orange/lemon hybrid, which has rounded, thin-skinned yellow/orange fruit, with sweeter and less acidic juice than most other varieties of lemon.

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    Spaghetti With Creamy Garlic Prawns


    400g spaghetti
    1kg prawns, peeled and deveined
    2 tbsp olive oil
    20g butter
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 cup white wine
    1 cup thickened cream
    2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
    salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    • Cook spaghetti according the instructions on the packet.
    • While spaghetti is cooking, heat oil and butter in a saucepan.  Add garlic and stir over low heat for about 1 minute.  Add in prawns and cook until prawns changed colour.  Remove prawns and set aside.
    • Add white wine to the saucepan and bring to the boil.  Then add in cream and bring back to the boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until sauce begins to thicken.
    • Return prawns to saucepan and add salt and pepper. Simmer for a minute.  Add in cooked spaghetti and basil leaves. 
    • Serve warm.

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