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Lemon and olive oil cake recipe


  • 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 125g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 180g ground almonds
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • crème fraîche, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Put the lemons in a pan and cover with boiling water. Put a piece of scrunched-up baking paper on top – this will keep in the heat, as the lemons will rise to the top of the water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 40 mins. Turn off the heat and leave to cool. Halve the lemons, removing any pips. Roughly chop, then transfer to a food processor and blend to a purée.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter a 23cm springform baking tin and line with baking paper. Mix the flour with the baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar using an electric whisk for 3-4 mins or until combined and pale. Beat in the puréed lemons, almonds and olive oil, then add the flour mixture.

  • STEP 3

    Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50 mins until cooked through (covering with foil if it starts to darken too much) . Leave to cool in the tin. The cake can be served just-warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar, along with a dollop of crème fraîche. It will keep in an airtight container for up to five days.

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