What does golden syrup do in baking?
Golden syrup is a sweetener with a distinct buttery, caramel-like flavour. In recipes where moisture retention is important, golden syrup is the perfect ingredient to keep cakes and cookies nice and moist. it can also help give your baked goods a lovely golden colour, making them look even more enticing.
The best loaf pan for this recipe
This golden syrup and lemon cake calls for a 13 x 23cm loaf pan. The pan's dimensions are chosen to ensure the cake bakes to the desired consistency and shape.
How make Fast Ed's golden syrup and lemon cake
250g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
125g golden syrup, plus extra 75g
100g caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
1/4 cup milk
Candied lemon strips, custard and mixed berries, to serve
Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced (200°C conventional). Line a 13 x 23cm loaf pan with baking paper.
Sift flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl, add butter, then rub with fingertips until fully incorporated. Add half of the zest and juice, golden syrup, caster sugar, eggs and milk, beat with a wooden spoon until smooth, then spoon into loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a skewer can be inserted and removed cleanly.
Meanwhile, heat extra golden syrup, remaining zest and juice, and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan on medium heat for 4-5 minutes until syrupy, strain through a fine sieve. Brush onto hot cake until all syrup is absorbed. Top with candied lemon strips, then serve warm with custard and berries.