Sunday, 16 March 2008

Easy Lemon Sponges

I think I've already mentioned that I don't do baking very often. I'm crap at it. Having said that, these sponges are nice and easy to make, very tasty and best of all, they are low in fat.

You need:

2 Eggs - separated
50g Plain Flour
1 Lemon - grated rind and juice
85g Caster Sugar
2 tablespoons Cointreau
200ml cold Water

Pre-heat the oven to 180c. Grab a Yorkshire Pudding or Muffin tin, and grease 4 of the holes.

In a bowl or processor, whisk the Egg whites and 25g of the Sugar until you get soft peaks. Now add the Lemon Rind, the Egg yolks and a further 25g Sugar. Whisk everything for a moment or two until well blended.

Gently fold in the Flour and then spoon into the 4 holes in the tin. Bake for 10 minutes and the sponges will be risen, golden and firm. Leave to cool while you make the syrup....

Put the rest of the Sugar in a pan with the Water and the Lemon Juice. Slowly bring to the boil while stirring. By the time it boils, all the Sugar should have dissolved. Pour into a separate bowl and mix in the Cointreau.

Remove the sponges from the baking tin, place them on a serving dish and pour over the syrup. Allow the sponges to cool down to room temperature and they will soak up any syrup that wasn't immediately absorbed.

Serve with Creme Fraiche, Fromage Frais or a helping of Vanilla Yougurt as I've done.

Feeds 4 if you feel poncey, 2 if you are hungry :-)

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