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Elderflower and Lemon Loaf Cakes

Serves: 10

Gluten Free‏

These delicious little cakes are surprisingly moist and the perfect accompaniment to a good cuppa. And they're gluten free so double win!

Elderflower and Lemon Loaf Cakes Recipe: Veggie Magazine

Ingredients:

40g pistachios, roughly chopped, plus a few extra to decorate
160g ground almonds
40g rice flour
1½ teaspoon gluten free baking powder
½ teaspoon fine salt
175g unsalted butter, softened
175g caster sugar
finely grated zest of 2 lemons and juice of 1
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

For the syrup and icing

150g icing sugar, sifted
juice of ½ a lemon
2 tablespoons of Belvoir Elderflower Cordial (you may need a little extra)

method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ 160ºF/ Gas 4. Place the individual loaf cases on a rectangular tray which will hold them all in one tight layer.
  • Lightly roast the pistachios for five minutes on a baking tray. Place the ground almonds, rice flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
  • In an electric mixer, or using a bowl and electric whisk, cream together the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and almond mixture alternately, beating well between each addition.
  • Drizzle in the lemon juice and finally fold in the pistachios. Divide the mixture evenly between the cases. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until risen and the centres bounce back when lightly touched.
  • For the syrup, mix one tablespoon of icing sugar together with the lemon juice and elderflower cordial. On removal from the oven, immediately prick the surface of the cakes with a cocktail stick and spoon over half of the syrup. Allow the loaves to cool down completely.
  • To make the icing, gradually add the remaining syrup (one teaspoon at a time) to the rest of the icing sugar until it is the consistency of pourable double cream. Add a little extra elderflower cordial if the icing is too thick. Drizzle the icing over the cooled cakes and scatter with the remaining pistachios. Allow the icing to set before serving.
Print Recipe http://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk

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