In celebration of Game of Thrones coming back on I’ve created “Sansa’s soft & simple lemon cakes”. Some of you may remember these from previous seasons, they are small “cakes” that can be eaten with one hand and are Sansa’s favourite, probably due to the fact that she usually lives in an area that’s so cold it could never grow lemons. Fortunately for us we have a steady supply all year round so make the most of it and bake up a batch of these to munch on while you watch the latest episode.
I’m so so happy with how good these turned out, they’re so soft, tasty AND made with wholesome, nourishing ingredients including a high fibre wholemeal flour that I got at Tesco for just £1.10! This flour has added gluten to make the buns lighter so I recommend getting this one but any wholemeal flour (except rice) should work fine, I recommend buckwheat for gluten free.
I used honey to sweeten as it’s easy to find, affordable and natural, I also used some lovely, organic grass fed butter to make these buns moist and delicious.
I was tempted to make a topping/frosting for these but honestly, they don’t need it, they’re great the way they are but if you have it and want to make the buns look a little fancier then sprinkle them with baobab powder, this is a dried fruit powder that’s citrusy and rich in vitamin C.
Don’t be afraid to use real butter for this recipe, real proper butter provides you with a source of vitamins A, K2 and D plus good fats such as CLA and omega 3 fats and contains some iodine too which is beneficial for the thyroid. Furthermore, it’s more stable than most vegetable fats at higher temps so it can handle the heat better.
Be careful using any highly processed margarine, although they tend not to be made using the hydrogenation processes the way it was a few years back (which produced very unhealthy trans fats) the fats tend to still be heavily heated which ruins a lot of the benefits and depending on the type of oil used, can produce unwanted compounds. See here for more info that’s easy to understand.
So whilst I’m not recommending you to gorge yourself on it you definitely shouldn’t be afraid to use real butter, especially if it’s good quality like a grass fed/organic one, so go on, treat yourself, it makes the most delicious, buttery buns!
Recipe (makes 9)
-100g wholemeal flour
-1 Tsp baking powder
-3 medium eggs
-50g unsalted butter (melted & cooled)
-Zest of 1 large or 2 small *unwaxed lemons + juice of 1/2 a large or 1 small whole lemon
Optional: A dusting of baobab powder
*Make sure the lemons you use are unwaxed, trust me you don’t want the wax in your food
-Preheat your oven to 170C fan
-In a bowl weigh out the flour and baking powder then zest in the lemon and give it a quick stir
-Over a low heat, gently melt the butter then set aside for 2-3 mins to cool
-In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, honey and lemon juice then add in the butter when it has cooled slightly but is still liquid and give it all a good stir
-Add in the dry ingredients then gently stir together to combine
-Line a baking tray with 9 bun cases (I find silicon ones work best) then add 2 teaspoons of the mix to each case until the mix is all used up
-Place the tray into the oven to bake for 13mins precisely then remove and allow to cool. Time the 13mins carefully, even going 2/3 mins over will produce a far less soft bun.
-If desired, add a teaspoon of baobab powder to a sieve and gently dust it over the tops