Friday, September 25, 2009

The joys of domestic goddess-hood

This summer I have really gotten into baking. More for the sake of something to do than anything else, but I've also noticed how appreciated it is when you visit friends or family with some home baked cakes. My mother in law is a typical Irish mammy who has no truck with "shop bread", so when I started visiting bearing gifts of homemade banana bread and madeira cakes, I was elevated to status of daughter in law numero uno.

Years ago I bought "How to be a domestic goddess" by Nigella Lawson for my sister for Christmas. Not that I thought she needed any help in that department, Lord no, this is the woman who single handedly made our wedding cake. But she said in passing that she was dying to get a copy of this particular book. As it turned out, by the time I had bought it, she had already bought a copy from a book club. So I kept the copy I had, flicking through it occasionally but rarely baking anything from it, apart from pizza base.

So early this June I dusted down my copy, and started a baking habit. As I write I have a lemon madeira cake in the oven. It's baking 101, but so yummy.

Here's how it goes:

240 gr softened butter
200 gr caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
grated zest and juice of one lemon
3 large eggs
210 gr self-raising flour
90 gr plain flour

Butter and line a 23 x 13 x 7 cm loaf tin. Preheat oven to 170 C or gas mark 3.
Cream butter, sugar and lemon zest. Add eggs one at a time with tablespoon of flour for each. Gently mix in rest of flour, and finally, the lemon juice. Sprinkle with approx 2 tablespoons caster sugar as it goes into the oven and bake for one hour. Let it cool in the tin before turning out. Tuck in. Yum-yum.

All hail Nigella.


Mick said...

Yum yum.

All Hail Nigella indeed.

Here in Poland it's also customary to bake cakes for visits. It's great.

Mmmm, off to the larder :-)

Sarah said...

Sounds like a delicious habit to me!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi. It meant so much, I was feeling especially low.

Clomid really did a number on me, too, and it turns out I didn't respond to it, anyways. I feel for you! I hope Femara is the answer! It doesn't have the side effects of Femara.

Have you thought about skipping the pills and going straight to injectables?

The cake sounds wonderful!

womb for improvement said...

Sounds good, but in my view a cake isn't a cake unless it is chocolate!

Lisa DG said...


Jane G said...

@ Mick - I must make friends with my Polish neighbours then :o)

@ Sarah - It sure is, but it's also a mighty calorific one.

@ Stacey - Thanks for stopping by here too. I did 17 months of hcg injections, I'm not sure if those are the injectables you mean. Glad to be off them all.

@ WFI - Ah now, there's a lot to be said for good old lemon madeira, although I had the most scrummy orange and chocolate muffin today.

@ Lisa =)