Lemon and pine nut drizzle loaf

Lemon and pine nut drizzle loaf

Loaf al limone pinoli e mandorle

By
From
The Italian Baker
Serves
8-10

I have yet to meet a person who is not addicted to a good slice of moist lemon drizzle cake, and here is the classic version with a twist added in the form of pine nuts. This simple but delicious loaf, with its tangy, fresh flavours, will not fail to impress.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
230g butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
115g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
250g caster sugar
2 lemon, Finely grated zested and juiced
225g marzipan, kneaded until smooth and cut into small pieces
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
75g chopped almonds
75g pine nuts, plus extra to decorate
icing sugar, for dusting

For the lemon drizzle

Quantity Ingredient
80ml lemon juice
250g granulated sugar

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter the base and sides of a 1lb loaf tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and, using a balloon whisk, stir to combine, then set aside.
  3. Put the sugar, lemon zest and juice in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a mixing bowl and use electric hand-held beaters, and beat on a low speed to coat the sugar nicely. Add the butter and beat until combined, then add the marzipan and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  4. Now add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla. Beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and beat just to combine; do not over-beat. Finally, fold in the chopped almonds. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin, sprinkle the pine nuts over the surface and bake for 45 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Invert the cooked loaf on to a wire rack. In a glass or jug, mix the lemon juice and sugar for the drizzle and pour over the warm loaf, allowing the drizzle to soak into the loaf completely. Dust with icing sugar and top with a few more pine nuts.
Tags:
baking
cakes
biscuits
Italian
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