Friday, 3 July 2015

Lovely Lemon and Almond Slices

Everything about these lemon slices screams lovely. They are lovely and easy to make, they are lovely to share with friends and family and (most importantly) they are lovely to wolf down yourself. Although these are lovely and lemony there’s no reason why you couldn’t mix things up with other flavour combinations, such as lovely vanilla, lovely orange blossom, or even perhaps lovely coconut. Lovely!

Prep time: 15 Mins
Baking time: 30-35 Mins
200g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
200g Golden Caster Sugar
3 Large Eggs
The Zest of 2 Lemons
1/2tsp Almond Extract
100g Ground Almonds
100g Plain Flour
1tsp Baking Powder

For the icing
The juice of 2 Lemons
350-400g Icing Sugar

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a medium rectangular baking tin with baking paper (I actually use a roasting tin, 30x20cm). In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time, along with the lemon zest and almond extract. Fold through the almonds, then sift in the flour and baking powder and mix to a consistent batter. Spoon into your prepared tin, even to the edges and bake in the centre of the oven for around 30-35 Mins, until a metal skewer comes out clean when insterted into the middle of the mixture.

When you are happy the sponge is baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Once cool carefully remove from the tin, peeling off the paper and slice equally with a sharp knife. For the icing add the lemon juice to a large bowl and gradually add the icing sugar, mixing until you are left with a smooth white icing. You'll have to judge how much of the icing sugar to add depending on how juicy your lemons are. Drizzle the icing all over each slice and you are done. Congratulations!

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