With such busy lives, it can be difficult for friends to find proper time to catch up and while away the hours. So the impending arrival of Mrs Guy's baby provided the perfect opportunity for my university friends to come together for a baby shower in her honour with a very English twist - afternoon tea.
The event was held at the Yorkshire home of our friend Dr Demir who made cucumber finger sandwiches with the crusts removed and huge pots of tea and prosecco. We decided against buying 101 pairs of booties, each putting some treasure and love into a little wooden money box shaped like a toadstool from Cath Kidston instead. Dr Demir - with her medical know how - created a pregnancy themed quiz for entertainment and it was a gorgeous weekend with Mrs Guy blooming at the head of the table.
My contribution was a lemon drizzle cake - the recipe below was given to me by Mrs Watson, the wife of a good actor friend of mine and it's a winner (I think it originates from the guru Mary Berry). Moist and very very lemony!
For the Cake
100g softened butter
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
4 tbsps milk
finely grated rind of two lemons
For the Topping
Juice of 2 lemons
100g caster sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 / GM4
- Grease and base line a good sized loaf tin
- Measure all ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for about 2 minutes
- Pour into the tin and level the top
- Bake for about 30mins until cooked
- While the cake is baking, mix together the sugar and lemon juice. Pour over the cake whilst still hot (I poke small holes in the top of the cake to allow it to drizzle through).
- Leave to cool completely in the tin before turning out