February 26, 2015

Hidden Blueberry & Lime Loaf.

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February is always quite a harsh month, it is still cold outside, the sun has threatened a few times to present itself but hasn't quite managed more than a day and everyone still has to wrap up and layer up even to pop out to get milk.

Days like these call for zingy fresh flavours and a hint of spring. This lime and blueberry drizzle loaf is just that. Its also wonderfully easy to make, extremely moist and delicious.

You can make it the day before and serve it up for afternoon tea, perhaps in glorious sunshine, if you're lucky!

I based this recipe on Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake but swopped the lemon for lime and added in a secret layer of blueberries.

To make a small loaf cake for a 1lb loaf tin you will need...

3oz flour 
3oz butter
3oz sugar
Zest of 1 lime 
1 egg yolk 
1 egg 
1 tsp baking powder

For the drizzle...

1/2 cup icing sugar
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp butter milk

Cream together your butter and sugar first, then add your flour, eggs and baking powder also at this stage add some lime zest.

Divide your mixture in half and spoon the first half into a greased and lined 1lb loaf tin. Then sprinkle, liberally with blueberries and cover with the other half of your mixture.

Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden and springy to touch.

Next make up your Glace icing. Mix together your icing sugar, butter milk and lime juice.

Once your cake is cool pour over allowing plenty to run over the sides.

Serve up one sunny afternoon for a taste of spring. 

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