Freshly and Lovingly Baked : 27th Nov 2014
I took one and a half week’s break from baking. A gorgeous girlfriend’s wedding in Phuket occupied the weekend. A wedding that is so beautiful that I am glad that I am a part of it. It is also the start of a long break from the market during which I am determined to run all my errands, recollect and recompose for 2015.
It is a sane bake today without going too overboard. I have the tendency to overdo my bakes. I like bakes that are unique rather than mainstream but very often then not, non-mainstream bakes are not easily accepted nor are they popular. It is a constant struggle which I face as I matured into this journey.
The smell of lemon can be intoxicating. I figured that you can use basil or rosemary if you do not have thyme. These herbs do complement lemon. It took me a good half an hour to clean the lemons, juiced and zest it.
1+1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1.5 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
A pinch of Salt
114g Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk
1/4 Lemon Juice Pasterized
1 Tsp Pure Lemon Extract
2 Tsp Lemon Zest
5 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
2.5 Tbsp Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together and set aside. Mix milk, lemon juice, fresh lemon juice, zest and lemon extract into a bowl and mix it up. Next, beat butter and Sugar till light and fluffy. Add in an egg at a time and combine well before adding the next one. Once both eggs are well combined, add in the vanilla essence. Next, fold in the flour and liquid in alternate fashion ending with the flour mixture.
Greased the desired pans. In this case, I use small bundt pans. Divide up the batter and bake these in a preheated oven of 170 Degree for 35 minutes.
Once done, let it cool down. If you like to decorate it, you can use the icing and thyme leaves to do so. I mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together. If you like a more liquid consistency, you can add in more lemon juice. In this piece of work, I need a stiffer consistency. So I piped small balls and positioned some thyme leaves on it.
My mom came by with dinner today. She looked at this piece of work and chided me for using the same pans over and over again. Her last words to me before she sashayed off is ” you are running out of creative juice and it is time to work on it”. I seem to have travel through time. Suddenly, I saw myself sitting on my bed with my exam results as tears streamed down my cheeks. An “O” level result slip with all A1 and one B1. She said ” it is not good enough”. Fast forward to today, her words still affect me.