Tired of flat pancakes or cakes that won't rise to the occassion? Mary Berry's simple lemon drizzle traybake will save any day, including Pancake Tuesday!
It’s the annual Pancake Day and this year, the day falls on 25th February. For many Christians around the globe, Pancake Day, Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday precedes Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. For 40 days, many people give up gorging on fatty foods to commemorate when Christ spent 40 days in the wilderness before he was crucified on the cross. Historically, people would prepare themselves for such a period of reflection and repentance of sin by using up ingredients such as flour, eggs, sugar and milk to make pancakes. It was a mega-treat back in the day.
Nowadays, people stroll into the supermarket to buy ingredients, if they didn’t have any or buy ready-made ones. But, nothing beats home-made goodness. For most people, Pancake Day is a day to look forward to on the annual calendar. If you have young children, they will be bugging you about pancakes, especially after a long day at work! Learnt that my children were not interested in ready-made pancakes, it was the experience they were after. They didn’t mind flat, wonky, slightly burnt ones I always seemed to produce. The art of making pancakes looks easier on the telly, but in my experience, I’ve always found the process messy, if not stressful. Every year, I'd tell myself that perhaps, I needed to upgrade my pan; talk about blaming your tools! Not sure how many pancakes I've binned, but binned a few I have...
If you are like me, or if the thought of baking makes you feel a bit uneasy, fear not! May I suggest a better and easier way to celebrate Pancake Tuesday this year. Your children, work colleagues and most demanding critics will thank you for your efforts. Not only that, this cake is simple to make; novice bakers, and young children will find the process quite fun and stress free. All you have to do is measure up the ingredients beforehand, and mix them up together in one go.
Not just for Pancake Day, this lemon drizzle cake will create many refreshing memories as you celebrate other special occasions for your loved ones.
Made this cake over the weekend. As previously mentioned, it was surprisingly easy and tasted heavenly. Shared mine with staunch critics, let’s just say it went down a treat! Children who vowed that they don’t like lemony cakes asked for more. A neighbour and friend with a sophisticated palate and not much into cake said she enjoyed it with a cuppa, couldn’t wait to have another slice. "Light, lemony and simply beautiful," were her exact words.
As a ‘seasoned’ cook, I didn’t follow Mary Berry’s recipe to a T. Over the years, I’ve perfected a tried and tested method which always guarantees light and fluffy sponge cakes. Not a big fan of icing or marzipan, and my cake decorating skills are close to zero, but I’d like to think that when it comes to sponge cake, I'm a bit of an expert. Will highlight where I made slight changes, in case it might help someone.
However, I checked reviews online on several platforms, most people who follow the original recipe without modifications still get good results.
Easy Lemon Drizzle Traybake Recipe
Let us know if you tried this recipe. How did it go?
It was November 2018 when Khadijeh invited me to her house. There are people out there who can’t quite figure out who I really am on social media, but truth be told, I love meeting and talking to people face to face instead of interacting online. That’s how I find inspiration for my writings!
“I’m sorry for the last-minute request. Would you be able to come to ours late this afternoon? I’ll be dropping a few leaflets in the neighbourhood and need a walking partner.”
Reflections over a cuppa!
What would happen if you spared a moment or two to speak to your neighbour? I’m referring to one of those regular people with whom you exchange greetings from a safe distance?
The day I’d been waiting for finally arrived. Victoria, the chatty lady with whom I’d had friendly interactions with warmly invited me to her house. The observer in me had read more into her personality; she was like a big sister I never had. With her well-chosen English words flavoured with South American and a Spanish accent, Victoria was pleasant to talk to. She served me some tea; not once did she frown upon my love for sugar in well-brewed tea. Indeed, we chatted about this and that, including some of the stories that I’d written and highlights of my journey so far.
Although we hail from different cultures and backgrounds, we shape each other's journeys through learning and interaction.