Monday, March 11, 2013

Glazed Lime Syrup Cake

When we were kids growing up in a small township, we lived in a house with a HUGE garden. We grew our own vegetables, fruit, onions, potatoes. I think short of growing rice and wheat, practically everything else came from our garden. My dad would walk around the garden after lunch each day and ask for what he wanted made for lunch the next day. Walk around the fruit trees and pluck what was ripe. I learnt what different plants looked like only from those walks I took with him around the garden. Really fond memories those. 

Thanks to those childhood days, I simply love seeing fruit trees in the garden or using the vegetables grown in your garden. There is something very comforting about that. I always wanted to have this large garden and grow my own vegetables. But unfortunately I have zero gardening skills. ZERO. No green thumb at all. So I have accepted it and moved on. 

Now my sister in law in the US has a lemon tree that bears a lot of fruit. I am dying to go there only to use the lemons from her garden to make this bread. But till then I have to settle for using locally available limes. 
The limes here I find are much tarter than the lemons from there.. So when I made this recipe with the exact conversion of lemon juice quantity to lime juice, I felt it was too sour for my taste.So, though I am giving you the recipe as is, I leave it to your better judgement on the exact quantity of juice to be used. (This is my disclaimer just in case you find it too tart)


1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Lime Rind (grated)
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Milk

For the syrup:

100 grams Icing Sugar
2 tablespoons Lime Juice

For the glaze:

1/2 cup Icing Sugar
2 tablespoons Lime Juice


Grease and line a 8 inch X 4 inch loaf pan. 

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl till creamy. Add in the eggs and rind.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt.

Stir into the butter egg mixture alternately with milk.

Bake for about 40 mins or till a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.

In the meantime, mix the ingredients for the syrup in a saucepan and heat till you have a clear liquid.

When the cake is done. poke holes and pour the syrup till it soaks completely.

In another bowl mix the glaze ingredients till well mixed and pour over the still warm cake and leave to set.

Slice and serve