Monday, January 17, 2011

Cranberry lemon cake

Cranberry lemon bread / Bolo de limão siciliano com cranberries

One can tell there’s something wrong with this blog when the last lemon recipe was posted 2 months ago. :)

Nothing better to make things right than this beautiful, tender, fragrant and delicious cake, courtesy of the equally beautiful – and I bet fragrant, too – Ameixinha. ;)

Cranberry lemon cake

2/3 cup (150g) unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups (300g) caster (superfine) sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
4 eggs
¼ teaspoon vanilla
3 cups (420g) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup (240ml) milk
2 cups (220g) dried cranberries

½ cup (70g) icing sugar, sifted
½ cup (60ml) lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Coat 4 mini loaf pans with vegetable cooking spray.
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice, zest, eggs and vanilla until well combined.
In another bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately with the milk to the egg mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Fold in cranberries.
Divide batter among prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes if making mini-loaves. Remove to a wire rack, but leave in the pans.

Make the glaze: in a small bowl combine the sugar and the lemon juice. Pour over the hot loaves and allow to cool completely before carefully removing from pans. Wrap tightly to store.

Makes 4 – I halved the recipe above and used a 5 ½-cup capacity loaf pan


Sally - My Custard Pie said...

Love lemon, love cranberry - together their perfect (espcially the mini-loaf idea).

Katie said...

Looks gorgeous and wonderfully fresh and zingy.

Priya Suresh said...

Damn pretty looking cake..

Unknown said...

Love your loaf pan, what a great recipe...I am m issing lemon in my life too!

Anonymous said...

any thoughts on how fresh cranberries would work in this as i just aquired a couple of bags at an "end of the season" sale? fresh blueberries and lemons are commonly combined in cake/bread ....

Cocidodesopa said...

I can bet how delicious this cake must be. Not long ago I made a lemon drizzle cake, and yours, except for the cranberries, looks more or less the same, yes?

A good touch with cranberries!

And lovely colour of the cake.


Mary Bergfeld said...

This looks amazing. I still have a stash of dried berries left from my holiday baking, so I'll be able to give this a try. I'm new here but I love the food and recipes you feature. I'll definitely be back. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Cynthia said...

You may not believe this but I have been trying to be really good, especially I am struggling with an issue of age and changing tastebuds. You see, I find myself developing a sweet tooth and I am really fighting hard to resist such a development... but I am here looking at your lemon and cranberry cake and I feel weak :)

I have it bookmarked. I know that I will most definitely make it but I will wait until lots of people are around to eat all of it except the one slice that I will have :)

Bakericious said...

sound delicious, i love cakes with lemon.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I just made cookies with this flavor combination so I know for sure that it tastes divine. A lovely cake, Patricia!

Iris said...

I love lemon cakes.. looks really good !!

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