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     Lemon Cake

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Servings   10
Preptime   30 mins

240g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5 eggs
300g caster sugar
140g double/thickened cream
Zest of 3 lemons
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tablespoon dark drum
80g melted butter
3 tablespoons apricot jam
Juice of 1 lemon (additional for glaze)
150g icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C and lightly butter a 26cm x 9cm x 8cm/10in x 3?in x 3in loaf tin and line it with greaseproof paper. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, cream, lemon zest, rum, salt and butter. Sift the flour and baking powder into a separate bowl then whisk it into the egg mixture until you have a smooth batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, turning halfway through cooking. The cake is cooked when a knife blade inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake from the tin, turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool for 10 minutes. This will allow the steam to escape before you glaze the cake. Leave the oven turned on.
Warm the apricot jam until liquid and pass through a sieve. Brush the cake with the jam and leave for five minutes while you make the lemon glaze. For the lemon glaze, mix together the lemon juice and icing sugar. Heat the mixture in a small pan until the sugar has dissolved and you have a syrup. Brush the lemon glaze all over the cake and leave for a few minutes to set.
Place the glazed cake in the oven on a baking tray, turn off the heat and leave for 3-5 minutes to dry the glaze and turn it translucent. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature before serving.
Serving Suggestions
I quickly brought my glaze mix to the boil and made more of syrup and dusted icing sugar on top. I also used a splash of brandy instead of rum.

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