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"Chalo Chai Pine Chalte Hai" --- Lemon Pound Cake for the most Quintessential English Tradition
Afternoon Tea with Biscuits and/or Cake is one of the most followed customs in Britain which has been passed on to India since the British Era. The timing however has gradually shifted to Evening rather than afternoon.
“Sham ki Chai ho gayi kya” is the most evident question you will hear during the evening time in offices/homes/shops/malls etc. No matter where you are, you need that tea break between the lunch and dinner time and without which you feel an emptiness in stomach and in mind.
It is the same tradition that I tried to follow and hence, I baked this simple lemon pound cake which complements the English Tea Cake very well.
Baking and Banking go hand in hand in my life and have become an integral part of my life. While one gives me pleasure, the other helps me to push myself beyond limits.
People often eat my cake and say why don’t you open a bakery.
The trend nowadays is to do a job which you love. But I think one must do a job which one can tolerate most of the days. The perfect job is one which you can sustain most of the days.
No job is perfect. Even Baking and opening a bakery has its own challenges.
So guys if you are thinking of starting your own company, get your facts rights. You need to be really really passionate about it and don’t just follow the rat race.
No More "Gyan" guys. Lets see how its made :
200 grams all-purpose flour
100 grams butter
100 grams powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Some lemon Zest
1/3rd cup lemon juice
3 to 4 eggs (4 gives more fluffiness but your cake might smell eggy)
Steps to Bake:
Preheat oven at 180 degree centigrade
Mix all purpose flour and baking powder together. Sieve through a strainer.
Next beat butter and sugar together.
Break in the eggs one after another and continue whisking the batter.
Add lemon juice, zest and salt once eggs become fluffy.
Next add the flour mixture, one spoon at a time till you turn the entire flour into the batter.
Your cake batter is ready. Very Very Simple. Isn't it.
Pour the batter into a greased bread tray and bake if for 35 to 40 minutes or till done.
Different ovens have different settings. Hence, go slow. First start with 30 minutes, then do a toothpick test, if not baked, go for another 5 minutes and so on.