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I love this time of year when you pass a lemon tree and it is absolutely laden!
Yellow clusters hanging like lanterns in the tree.

We are just about to plant a orchard of citrus trees on the farm, but I’m keen for any advice! We are planning on planting 186 trees and I want to make a large percentage of these lemons.
Today we are doing a Honey soaked Lemon Cake.

Honey soaked Lemon Cake

Makes 1 loaf
You will need:

  • 115 gm butter
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 large free range eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of threaded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup of natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

The syrup

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice

Put sugar, honey and water into a pot and slowly simmer until the sugar is dissolved
Take off the heat and pour in the liquid honey and the lemon juice stir until well mixed in
Let cool. While the syrup is cooling zest the lemon skins that remain
Add to the syrup.
Store in a glass bottle in the fridge,
Pour some syrup into a glass, top with ice and soda water. Delicious!

Lemon Oil

Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Grease 1 Loaf tin ( you can use baking paper if you wish )
Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy
After 5 mins slowly add the eggs 1 at a time ( beat well after each addition )and the lemon zest
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl
In another bowl add 1/4 cup lemon juice,the yoghurt, and vanilla
Add the flour mix and wet mix alternatively to the batter
beginning and ending with the flour
Pour into the tin and bake for 45 mins to an hour until cooked
While the cake is baking you can make the syrup
Add the honey and lemon juice to a medium sized saucepan
Bring to the boil and turn down to a slow simmer for 10 mins
Take off the heat and and set aside
When the cake is done let cool for a few minutes then make a few little holes with a skewer and pour the syrup mix over