Mary Berry’s Lemon drizzle traybake

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Back in November and December when I was pregnant with the twins we went to our local NCT ante-natal classes. We were very lucky to be part of a group that get on well and ever since we’ve been having regular meet ups. It’s been a really positive experience as we share our ups and downs and recommend various different baby groups to each other. I offered to host our weekly gathering this week and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get back in the kitchen for a bit more baking. Following on from the lemon meringue cake I made in my last post I had some lemons leftover. I’d seen this Mary Berry recipe ages ago and decided it was the perfect recipe to use up the leftover lemons.
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Nigella’s Lemon Meringue Cake

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Somehow it is 14 years since I finished my maths and music degree at university. I was lucky at university to end up living with, being on the same course as and joining the same choir as some lovely people and I am even luckier that we are still in touch and try to meet up as often as life will allow us. In the last year our group has expanded considerably with the addition of four babies so it was high time we had a gathering to introduce the new additions and catch up on everyone’s news. I had planned on making a raspberry meringue cake but when we got to Aldi yesterday rapsberries were £2.79 and lemons were 49p so the decision was made that lemon meringue cake would be the cheaper option!
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Lemon buttermilk loaf

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So last week when it was Shrove Tuesday Mr Birdie bought lemons. I too bought lemons (a lack of communication on my part – oops!) which meant we had a lot of lemons in the house. Luckily Jo Wheatley posted this recipe on her fabulous website ‘Jo’s Blue Aga’ (if you’ve never checked it out ‘d highly recommend having a look). I’ve said before that I’ve always had great success with Jo’s recipes and I’m happy to say this was the case again. This is a very easy recipe as you simply put all the ingredients in a mixer and mix until combined.
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Lemon meringue pie

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My Dad has been staying with us over the last few days to help me with something at school (thank goodness he has technological know-how as I have absolutely none!) I wanted to make something for dessert on Sunday and as Aldi had lemons for 59p it had to be something lemon based. Mr Birdie is partial to lemon meringue pie so I decided to give it a go. I was informed by Mr Birdie that it would not be as good as his Mum’s (I have a lot to live up to!) and indeed he did declare that this was the case (he has however polished off three slices so I don’t think it can be that bad). I’m not overly experienced in making pastry so it was a good opportunity to give it another go.
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Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

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I was given a Nordicware Bundt tin back in August for my birthday by my Dad and have only just got round to using it for the first tin – shocking I know! Whilst in Tesco late one night last week, they had some reduced unwaxed lemons for 8p and when life gives you cheap unwaxed lemons there’s only one thing for it – lemon drizzle cake! (I also used them yesterday to make these lemon and cranberry cookies which are one of my favourite Christmas bakes.)
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Lemon & elderflower loaf cake

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This is a recipe I spotted a couple of days ago as I was having a recipe sort-out. I am a terrible hoarder (as Mr Birdie will confirm) and hold on to all sorts of magazines thinking I might make a recipe from them one day. Periodically I go through them all cutting out the recipes I want to keep. This recipe was from a Waitrose Weekend newspaper back in March and is by Martha Collison (one of last year’s GBBO contestants). As we were off on a picnic with my university friends I thought this would be a good bake to take along as it would be easy to cut and would hopefully survive the journey intact. It would also make good use of the elderflower cordial that I made.
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Lemon Bundt cake

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Well hellooooooooo bank holiday weekend! It has felt like a very long week at work this week so by Friday I thought we were all in need of cake. I have a quite a large collection of baking cookbooks but will readily accept I’m not very good at using them. I tend to see recipes on Pinterest and websites and ignore my cookbooks. Whilst looking for some recipes last weekend, I was flicking through Jo Wheatley’s ‘Home Baking’ when I spotted this recipe for her lemon Bundt cake. I’ve made a couple of Bundt’s since getting my tin as a Christmas present and decided it was time to give another one a go. It looked like a fairly simple recipe and as I had some lemon curd in the fridge that needed using up I was all set.
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Carrot and walnut bundt cake

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Oh cream cheese icing – why are you my nemesis? Why, every time I try to make you, do you turn into a runny mess instead of the thick icing you’re meant to be? I have tried on several occasions now to make cream cheese icing with not a lot of success. The only time I’ve really been successful was when I made Jo Wheatley’s carrot cake traybake. Every other time, I’ve ended up with runny icing that’s dripped off the cake or cupcakes I’ve made, to create a sea of icing. Sadly, this was another one of those situations. Luckily it wasn’t all bad and what it didn’t have in looks it made up for in its taste.
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Glazed cranberry lemon bundt

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I do love the combination of lemon and cranberry. Last year I made these lemon and cranberry cookies which were delicious. I think it’s a combination that works really well. I’ve been wanting to make a Bundt cake for ages but didn’t have a tin. Every time I would go into TK Maxx I used to look at the tins and think shall I buy one? I resisted but decided to request one as a Christmas present. Luckily my Dad obliged and on Christmas day I opened not one but two lovely Bundt tins. One was a Savarin tin and the other was a fluted one which I used for this recipe. Before Christmas I picked up a packet of fresh cranberries and they sat in the fridge. They were well-traveled cranberries as they came all the way to Devon with me (sat in the fridge in Devon) and then traveled back to Hampshire before being used. I decided that a cranberry Bundt would be a good way to use these poor cranberries (which were beginning to look a little but past their best). I found quite a few different recipes (which I have collected together on my snazzily titled ‘All about that bundt…‘ Pinterest board) using fresh cranberries but as I had some lemons that needed using (as explained in my Lemon drizzle loaf post) I decided that this was the recipe to go for.
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Lemon drizzle loaf

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Oh Christmas holidays – how have you disappeared so quickly? Two weeks seem to have flown by and tomorrow it’s back to work for us teachers (to the delight of parents around the country!) I was quite poorly at the beginning of the holidays with a nasty flu-like cold and have been feeling decidedly lacklustre for most of this week but luckily have been feeling well enough to bake over the last few days. Wanting to make the most of the precious days of freedom I have been baking at every given opportunity. This was the first thing on my list. Dashing around Tesco on New Year’s Eve I spotted some unwaxed lemons that were reduced. Knowing that I wanted to make a lemon and cranberry bundt I snapped them up. I was given Holly Bell’s ‘Recipes from a Normal Mum’ for Christmas (thanks Dot and Martin!) and have recently started following her on Twitter. She posted about her 10 most popular blog posts and this recipe was one of those posts. As I was meeting up with one of my fellow teachers to do some planning I thought this might aid our brain cells and as I had my bargain unwaxed lemons that needed using it seemed like a winning combination. Plus I’ve never made a lemon drizzle cake (shocking I know!)
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