You know by now that I love lemons. Sweet and savoury they hold their own in any dish. I did a little research to prove that lemons are good for you and include here some very practical uses for lemons.
- They were used as ornamental plants in early Islamic gardens.
- In ancient Babylon they were used for enemas.
- Medieval Egypt introduced lemonade.
- The acid in lemons is a good meat tenderizer.
- It has no anti-biotic effects, but does have antioxidants and anti-cancer properties.
- It is used as a natural hair lightener, insecticide and acne treatment.
- The Japanese have proved that lemon essential oil reduces stress in mice (Now that is useful if you have stressed mice in your home).
- A good source of Vitamin C, and was what they used to prevent scurvy in the old days of sea travel.
- Neutralizes the odour of fish
Lovely Lemon Loaf
200g soft butter
500ml of flour
10ml baking powder
1 large lemon - zest and juice separate (the juice is for the frosting)
80ml icing sugar
Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Fold in the flour, baking powder, the milk and the zest.
Spoon into a loaf tin and bake for 55 mins, or until done.
Turn out and cool on a rack.
Once it is cool, make the drizzle by mixing the juice and the icing sugar and pour over the loaf.
Wait for the drizzle to set and serve, or if you're like me, you have a slice before it has set.
This can be frozen before frosting.
You can make this as a muffin, and reduce the cooking time to 20mins.
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