I've been meaning to share this recipe with you for ages. It's a variation on the madeira cake recipe from Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess. It's one of my regular go-to recipes but one day, while I was part way into making it, I realised that I had run out of plain flour (because, honestly, does anyone really measure out all their ingredients beforehand??) So, I substituted ground almonds instead and the result was simply delicious! So let me share it with you...
Lemon (and almond) madeira cake
240g unsalted butter or Stork (which is what I always use!)
200g caster sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
grated zest and juice of one lemon
3 large eggs
210g self-raising flour
90g ground almonds
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy then add lemon zest. Mix in eggs, one at a time, with a spoonful of flour for each. Mix in the rest of the flour & almonds then, finally, the lemon juice. Spoon into a greased & lined loaf tin (approx 23x13x7cm), or better still, get one of those silicon ones that need no greasing! Sprinkle the top with a little caster sugar then pop into your oven at Gas 4/180C for approx 1hr or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool (for as long as you can restrain yourself...) then enjoy!
There's another reason for me feeling happy today. The dark cloud that was hanging over us has moved on. Just before the kids broke up from school, we found out that Peter's job was at risk. We have been in limbo all through the hols and, yesterday, he had to re-interview for his job. But, a couple of hours ago, he got the call that he has been successful, his job is safe. Of course, I do feel bad for the chap that has now lost his job, but rather him than us. We have been in this position before, you see. 20 years ago, just 3 months after we were married, P was made redundant and was out of work for 2 and a half years. Luckily, I had a very good job (and there were no kids then either, of course) but it was HELL. So, for now, we can breath a sigh of relief and get on with life. But I think it might be time to look for a little part-time job for me as well, just in case.