Friday, April 22, 2011

Lemon & Lime Sponge

IMAG0185We had a handful of lemons and limes handy and the oven was on so this was quickly thrown together. The kids had drained eggs earlier to paint them so baking was on the agenda anyhow.


  • 50g butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 50ml lemon juice
  • 50ml lime juice
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 50g plain flour (I used Odlums Tritamyl White Bread Mix)
  • 250ml milk


    1. Heat oven to 160C (fan). Beat butter, sugar and lemon and lime zest together in a mixer. Add juices, egg yolks, flour and milk one by one to make a smooth batter. Pour into a large bowl.
    2. Whisk egg whites until firm - fold into the batter. Pour into oven-proof dish and put in a baking tray half filled with hot water. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned and set.

This reminds me of Jamie Oliver’s dish, same deal. Nice easy dessert that’s easy for the kids to mess with making.

Carb count isn’t great – I reckon 8-10 portions at about 20-17g CHO apiece. I might try reducing the sugar further next time but with those lemons & limes, it could push it too far. On the up side, the Odlums Tritamyl flour worked well – though it’s a small player in this. Doves Farm still have my vote.

Verdict: darn good considering the easy of making this.

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