Some cakes just go wonderfully with an afternoon.
Is that strange? Enjoying a slice of cake more at 3 o'clock than at 11 in the morning. Not that I'd say no either way...
This is the kind of cake your grandmother would make if you're over to visit. It's not your birthday, but she loves you so baked goods are compulsory. It's also the kind of cake where you can find all of the ingredients in your stock cupboard. Handy, hey?
There are no bells and whistles with this one. Just a simple one tier wonder, heavy with peaches and flecked with lemon. The perfect afternoon snack and is the best friend to a cup of good, english tea. Do I sound old...? I think I do, but for this baby I'll allow it.
This deliciously easy bake is a subtle combination of sweet and buttery with an essential tang of lemon. It makes for a wonderful, well balanced slice of heaven. It also may be perfect to top your table this Easter.
Do you need any more persuasion? I hope not, I've run out of adjectives.
For Peach and Lemon Afternoon Cake you will need:
175g butter, at room temperature
60g natural yoghurt
1 tsp baking powder
70g caster sugar
120g plain flour
1x tin peaches
3 lemons, zested
Icing sugar for dusting
Begin by preheating your oven to 160c and lining a 20cm cake tin.
Zest your lemons.
Chop your butter. Make sure it is at room temperature - your eggs need to be at room temperature too.
Add the butter, lemon zest and sugar into a bowl.
Cream, preferably with an electric whisk, until smooth.
Separately beat your eggs.
Gradually add into the mix. Beat as you do so.
Sift in the flour and baking powder.
Add in the yoghurt.
Stir together until combined.
Drain and blot your peaches and layer on in whatever style takes your fancy.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until risen and beautiful.
Cool on a wire rack and then dust generously with icing sugar.
Enjoy the beauty of the sunken, roasted peaches and the smell as you slice through the crust.
Serve with nice china.
If you're a student, clean tupperware will do.
Peach and Lemon cake making afternoons all over wonderful.