Honey, ginger and lemon cake

Release Date : 04-Jan-2016
Author : Isa du Toit


Method
• Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas4
• Grease a 2lb/900g loaf tin and line with
baking parchment, leaving the long sides a
little higher than the tin to help lift the cake
out later
• Put all the dry ingredients into a large bowl
and stir to mix
• Add the butter, honey and yogurt to the dry
ingredients
• Lightly whisk the eggs then add to the rest
of the ingredients
• Whisk the everything together with a handheld
mixer until just mixed
• Spoon into the prepared tin, level the top
and bake for 55 minutes or until a skewer
inserted into the middle comes out clean
• Immediately drizzle 3-4 tablespoons of
honey over the top
• Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack
• Slice and serve as is or with more honey
drizzled over if you’d like

 

Hints
Save the lemon juice for another time - squeeze
juice out and freeze in ice cube trays
Omit the ginger in the mixture, then serve the
cake slices with extra honey, strawberries and
vanilla ice-cream for an easy desert

 

Good-for-you ingredients
Almonds
Almonds are an excellent source of calcium,
necessary for healthy bones and teeth.

They also contain protein and other minerals

such as magnesium and zinc, as well as being a

good source of fibre.
Almonds are a good source of Vitamin E which
acts as an anti-oxidant, helping to protect
cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Vitamin E is also needed for a healthy immune
system and helps to widen blood vessels and
keep blood from clotting in them.
 
Honey
Honey provides a natural energy boost and as
such is useful for athletes before an event.
Honey is used to soothe sore throats and
can relieve irritating coughs, especially when
combined with lemon.
 
Lemon rind
The skin of lemons contains phenolic
compounds which are found mainly in the
peel. Many of these compounds are antioxidants
which promote health and help
prevent degenerative diseases. Some of the
antioxidants found in lemon pigments are even
more effective than Vitamin C.
 
Ginger
Ginger is a warming spice that warms the body
and aids circulation. It aids digestion, has a
calming effect on the digestive system; helps
ease nausea and is traditionally used to treat
both morning sickness and motion sickness.
Ginger is useful in treating colds and flu,
especially when combined with lemon and
honey.



Ingredients

140g/5oz softened butter

85g/3oz honey

85g/3oz golden castor sugar

85g/3oz ground almonds

200g/8oz plain flour

1t baking powder

1t bicarbonate of soda

100ml/3½fl.oz natural yogurt

3 large eggs

rind of 1 lemon

2t ground ginger (optional)

3-4T honey for the drizzle, and extra if you’d like