Because there’s no flour in this it’s unimaginably light and airy, and very lemony, which makes it a very elegant dessert cake.
|3 large eggs, separated|
|110g golden caster sugar|
|zest of 1 large lemon and ½ the juice|
|1 tablespoon ground almonds|
|For the filling and topping:|
|4 tablespoons lemon curd (see 1st related recipe below)|
|150ml double cream, whipped|
|Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4|
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|Equipment: Two 18cm by 4cm sponge tins, lightly buttered and bases lined plus two wire cooling trays|
This recipe is from Delia's Cakes
After separating the eggs, place the yolks in a mixing bowl, then add the sugar and lemon juice and whisk until the mixture is thick and beginning to turn paler. Now fold in the lemon zest, semolina and ground almonds until everything is evenly blended.
After that, wash the whisk and dry it very thoroughly (so it’s absolutely grease-free) and whisk the egg whites in a roomy bowl up to the soft peak stage. Now take a metal spoon and very carefully and gently fold them into the egg yolk mixture.
Next divide the mixture between the two prepared tins, level off using the back of a tablespoon and bake near the centre of the oven for about 20–25 minutes.
They are cooked when you press lightly with your little finger and the centre springs back. Let the cakes cool in the tins for 10 minutes before loosening the edges by sliding a palette knife all round and turning them out onto a cooling tray.
Now carefully peel back the lining by gently pulling it back. Lightly place the other cooling tray on top and just flip them both over so that the tops are facing upwards (this is to prevent them sticking to the cooling tray).
When they are absolutely cold, place one cake on a serving dish and spread with lemon curd and whipped cream, then place the other cake on top and dust generously with sieved icing sugar.
Store in a polythene box in the fridge.
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This one’s always been a winner with my family and friends – it’s even become a much-requested birthday cake. This time round we’ve added a whipped cream and lemon curd icing to make it even more special.
This is my adaptation of a cake still served in the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice. You can eat it sipping a Bellini cocktail or with coffee at any time of day. But for me, lunch in the restaurant with this as a dessert has always been a sublime treat.
This used to be a rather soft, rather squashy meringue, but now I like it crisper and chewier. Either way it’s loved by everyone. You can of course use any other fruit – summer berries or in the winter passion fruit.
This is quite definitely a dessert cake. The combination of spices, the hint of orange and the balance of tart apples and cake are perfect. It needs a large dollop of crème fraiche or whipped cream to go with it.
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