Thursday, 15 July 2010

Lemon roasting pan cake

OK, weird name, but this is the ultimate no mess, one dish cake, you make the whole thing in a roasting pan and cook it in the same dish. Many may know the chocolate version of this which has been around for donkeys years, but this version removes the chocolate in flavour of lemon (working on the basis that the choc version for pudding is keeping Miss 1yrs awake at night)

Place the following ingredients in a large rectangular roasting dish and mix well

3 cups plain flour (you can 50/50 with wholemeal)
2 cups raw sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
zest of 1 large or 2 small lemons

make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the following into the well in the stated order

2/3 cup rice bran oil (or other light flavourless oil)
juice from the lemons you zested
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups water

Mix well and bake in a pre heated oven 180degC for 20-25mins fanbake or 1 1/4hrs bake (or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.

If you want to make the chocolate version, omit the lemon and add 2/3 cup cocoa to the dry mix and 2 Tbsps vinegar instead of the lemon juice.

Add 2-4 Tbsp berry jam to the wet ingredients

Add 1/2 tsp ground ginger to the dry ingredients

Use an orange instead of a lemon

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