Citrus Part II

Our lemon tree.
Our lemon tree.

To continue with the theme of citrus, I remembered that when I was a kid, my Mum would always make a delicious Old Fashioned Lemonade in the spring. It would be bottled and we’d have it mixed up in a big jug in the fridge.

It was perfect on a hot Summer’s day, with just the right balance of citrus tartness and sugary sweetness.

Old Fashion Lemonade

2kg castor sugar (I used raw sugar, or you can use a mixture of both)
1 litre water
30g citric acid
30g tartaric acid
Juice from 6-8 lemons
Finely grated zest from 2 lemons
Heat sugars and water in large saucepan until sugar dissolves
Add citric and tartaric acid and stir to dissolve well.
Let syrup cool then add juice and zest.
Bottle in sterilised jars or bottles with stoppers
Dilute with water, sparkling water, gin and soda or whatever takes your fancy.

I recently spoke with my Mum, and she also offered me a recipe for an easy lemon cake and I thought I’d share that with you too!

Lemon Cake

2 eggs
120g butter
180g castor sugar
180g self raising flour
4 tbspns milk
Grated rind of 1 lemon ( medium size, not too juicy)

120g icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix cake ingredients together
Put in greased lined 2lb loaf tin
Put into cold oven
Bake 40-45 minutes middle shelf 190°C
When cooked prick all over and pour over topping, leave in tin till cold.

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