Lemon cake -Sitruunakakku

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Sorry for this long lasting silence. I have no other excuse than that I have been super busy. So many changes in one week (will tell you later all the exciting news 🙂 ). I was supposed to post this recipe ages ago, in fact, right after the Finnish Independence Day but oh well it has taken almost two weeks to get this blog post written. Here it is, my tasty lemon cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing. It was super tasty. The cake recipe is a slightly modified version of Humming Bird Bakery’s lemon cake recipe. I hope you enjoy it. I love lemon cakes, they are refreshing and well..I have to make a confession, I ate lemon drizzle cake right after one of the most  amazing moments of my life this year -when our baby girl was born- and therefore the lemon cake flavour has such a unique meaning to me.

300g caster sugar

3 eggs

grated zest of 3 lemons

350g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

250ml whole milk (I used rice milk)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

200g unsalted butter (I used sunflower dairy free margarin)

Icing:

50g butter (or dairy free margarin)

150g white chocolate (dairy free white chocolate if needed a dairy free option)

150g cream cheese (soya fresh cheese if hoping for dairy free option)

1. Preheat the oven  to 170 celsius degrees.

2. Beat sugar, eggs and lemon zest with electronic whisker.

3. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl and milk (rice milk)  and vanilla extract in another. Add flour mix and milk mix to the sugar-egg mix alternating the two. Mix well until the dough is fluffy.

4. Add melted butter (dairy free margarin) in and mix well.

5. Pour to an oiled cake tin and bake in the oven for 1h 15 minutes.

Icing preparation:

1. Melt the butter (or dairy free margarin) and chocolate in a sauce pan.

2. Let the mix cool down and add the cream cheese.

3. Spread the icing on the cool cake base, put the cake to the fridge and let the icing set.

The cake is at its best on the following day!

Anteeksi blogihiljaisuus. On ollut valtava kiire ja uskomaton määrä jännittäviä uusia asioita tapahtunut viime viikon aikana (kerron lisää pian!).Tässä siis sitruunakakkuohjeeni. Leivoin kakun itsenäisyyspäiväksi, mutta kuten mainitsinkin postauksen kirjoittaminen viivästyi odottomattoman paljon. Toivottavasti nautitte kakusta. Sitruunakakku liittyy elämäni yhteen tärkeimpään hetkeen, mutustelin sitruunakakkua viimeksi tyttäremme syntymän jälkeen, itse asiassa heti synnytyksen jälkeen ja siksi sitruunakakun maulla on minulle jotenkin aivan hämmentävän suuri merkitys ja tuo maku tuo muistoja mieleen. Yritän postata seuraavan reseptin pian! Tässä tämä.

300g sokeria

3 munaa

kolmen sitruunan raastettu kuori

350g vehnäjauhoja

1 1/2 tl leivinjauhetta

1 tl suolaa

250ml maitoa (käytin riisimaitoa)

1/2 tl vaniljauutetta

200g voita (käytin maidotontra margariinia)

Kuorrutus:

50 g voita (tai maidotonta margariinia)

150g valkosuklaata (maidotonta valkosuklaata)

150g tuorejuusto (soijatuorejuusto maidottomaan versioon)

1. Lämmita uuni 170 asteeseen.

2. Vatkaa sokeri, munat ja sitruunankuori vaahdoksi.

3. Sekoita jauhot, leivinjauhe ja suola yhdessä kulhossa ja maito ja vaniljauute toisessa kulhossa. Lisää jauhoseos ja maitovaniljaseos sokeri-munavaahtoon vuorotellen. Sekoita kunnen taikina on tasaista.

4. Lisää sulatettu voi (margariini) taikinaan.

5. Kaada taikina voideltuun kakkuvuokaan ja paista 1h 15min.

Kuorrutuksen valmistus:

1. Sulata voi (margariini) ja valkosuklaa kattilassa.

2.Jäähdytä voisuklaa seos ja sekoita tuorejuusto siihen.

3. Levitä kuorrute jäähtyneen kakun päälle, laita jääkaappiin, jotta kuorrute asettuu. Tarjoile!

Parhaimmillaan kakku on seuraavana päivänä kun maut tulevat esiin.

Shepherd’s Pie eli jauhelihaperunasoselaatikko

Dear readers, England is not only London as I try to tell myself every time when I find the streets full of people and I get anxious of this busy city. Oxford Street at Christmas time is a hell on earth I can tell. You feel like an ant climing the massive anthill that never ends.

London is full of contrasts. I think it is the city you hate and love at the same time. Nothing works, everything is broken all the time, but at the same time the city is vivid, it is always full of life, the exciting events never run out, there are always people keen for going out and party. I think the pubs capture the essence of London. There are multiple pubs, small and big, old fashioned, modern, oldemen pubs, yougsters’ pubs, fancy pubs, cozy pubs… We have been testing as many pubs as we have been able to. One dish you (almost) always find on the pub menus is the Shepherd’s Pie. English people love their pies, but for me this pie was a mystery. I haven’t ever actually ordered it because I wasn’t sure what kind of pie would be brought to my plate.

By googling the name, I finally found that Shepherd’s pie wasn’t actually a pie at all in the sense of an ordinary English pie. Shpeherd’s pie is what we Finnish people know as ”jauhelihaperunasoselaatikko” (a long word I know), which can be translated as ”mince meat potato mash pie”. This is a famous or should I say notorious Finnish school cantine dish. Every Finn has eaten this dish at school cantines. I have to admit that for me these memories are not the most pleasant ones. As much as Finnish school food is appreciated, the picture of this dish in my mind is some gluey potatomash floating with some greasy mince meat whilst having very watery consistency which means that the spoonful falls off from your fork and it never ends up to your mouth..

To face my bad memories of this dish I decided to cook it myself. I thought it must be even a little bit tasty if English people love it so much..or is the love of it simply explained by the bad British kitchen? To play a good and sweet English housewife, I wanted to test the recipe.

As Australians owe their cuisine mainly to British, my dear Aussie man knew immediately Shepherd’s Pie  and he almost smelled it from the corridor when entering home. He loved this dish and I have to say so did I. The home made Shepherd’s Pie was a totally different experience from the ones served in the school cantines back in the 90s. This is a cheap, good and healthy home food.

For the sauce

2 large onions finely chopped

2 tnsp olive oil

500g minced lamb or beef

2 tbsp plain flour

2-3 bay leaves (crushed)

1 tsp thyme

2 small slices of anchovy

1 big tin of chopped tomatoes

3tsp BBQ sauce

300-400ml beef or lamb stock

salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the pie:

6-8 potatoes

20-30g butter

1/2 dl milk

1 egg yolk

For the top:

cheese

1.Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

2. Cut the onions. Cook the onions in the frying pan until they turn to golden.  Add the mince meat. Cook until the meat is brown. Add teh flour and the spices. Add the stock, BBQ sauce and the chopped tomatoes. Cook it in a low heat for 1h so that the sauce gets lovely sweet flavour. The secret is slow cooking!

3. Peel the potatoes and cut them into halves if they are big. Cook them under the water for 15min until tender. Make the mash with the smoother stick or electric whisker. Add the butter and milk, egg yolk and a pinch of salt if needed.

4. Build the pie. Set the sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Set the mashed potatoes on the top of the sauce. Grate some cheese (Extra mature Cheddar or Parmesan) on the top. Cook in the oven for 20 min so that the top turns to nicely golden brown.