Madeira Cake – Recipe

As a young girl I always remember my Grandfather loving Madeira Cake.  I always wondered why it was called cake when you made it in a loaf tin, but still enjoyed to have the half piece he would cut off for me.  As the years went by I forgot about it until Mum lent me an old Cookery Book that had been my Grandmothers.  When I was flipping through the pages and saw the recipe for Madeira Cake the memories came flooding back.  This recipe is with lemon to give it a little boost.

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Ingredients
175 g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
rind & juice of 1 lemon
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp milk

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease a loaf tin
Cream the butter and sugar until pale
Add eggs one at a time beating between each addition
Beat in the lemon rind and salt
Add half the flour and beat until combined
Add the lemon juice and beat until combined
Add the remaining flour and baking powder and beat
Add the milk and beat until combined
Spoon into loaf tin and even out
Bake for 50 – 60 minutes until it springs back when touched lightly
Leave in cake tin to cool for 10 minutes before turning out

Source: Kerikeri Cookery Book 1969

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