Recipe by: Sukanya Banerjee

Source: Family recipe

Serves: 8

Ingredients :

For the cake:

  • 200 g soft unsalted butter (and a little smidgen for greasing)
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 100 g all purpose flour
  • 200 g fine semolina /polenta /cornmeal
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • zest of 2 unwaxed lemons (save lemons to juice for the syrup)

For the syrup:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 125 g caster sugar

Instructions :

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/ 350°F

  • Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, checking after 25. The cake is done when a cake tester comes out quite clean and the edges of the cake have begun to shrink away from the sides of the tin even if it seems a bit tender.
  • Scrape the thick batter into the prepared tin and smooth it out evenly.
  • Beat in the lemon zest.
  • Mix together the flour, semolina and baking powder in a medium sized bowl and beat 2 heaped Tbsp of it into the butter-sugar mixture, followed by 1 egg. Then alternate with ⅓ of the dry ingredients and the 2 remaining eggs, finishing with the dry ingredients. Beat well after each addition.
  • Beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy – this will take about 5 minutes depending on how soft the butter is. Don’t skimp on this step as this not only helps to aerate but also serves to somewhat dissolve the sugar.
  • Line the base of a 9inch springform cake tin with a circle of baking paper and grease its sides lightly with butter.
  • Place onto a wire cooling rack, but leave it in its tin.
  • Make the syrup by boiling together the lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan. When the sugar’s dissolved into the juice, it’s ready. Let it cool for 5 minutes or so.
  • Prick the top of the warm cake all over with a cake tester or toothpick – don’t use anything too big like a skewer as it will punch too-large holes in the cake.
  • Slowly pour the warm syrup over the cake, and leave to cool before taking it out of its tin.
  • Eat as is or serve as a pudding with a spoonful of creme fraiche and dusting of icing sugar.

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