Citrus Burst

The winter months sometimes need a little lift, and there is nothing quite like adding some citrus flavours to your baking.

Chocolate and toffee and cream can all get a bit heavy, so inject some fruit flavour back into your diet by adding in lemon, lime, orange, or pineapple. I have found a few Christmasy puddings with a zesty twist which I can’t wait to try out.

Pictured Above Rum Flavoured Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Lime and Cranberry Bread and Butter Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake with Orange Icing, all images from BBC Food.

I personally love the look of the pineapple cake, very retro. Hoping to make this one this week for a dinner party dessert!

Rum Flavoured Pineapple Upside Down Cake

1 large can pineapple rings (8 rings), drained
2 eggs
125g/4½oz caster sugar
150g/5¼oz plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar (make your own by placing a split vanilla pod in some caster sugar)
50g/1¾oz butter, melted
½ lemon, zest only
75ml/2½fl oz milk
3 tbsp good-quality dark rum

1.Preheat the oven to 175C/350F/Gas 3.
2.Line the bottom and the sides of a large ovenproof dish or cake tin with the pineapple rings (cut the pineapple rings in half to line the sides).
3.In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until frothy.
4.In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together until well combined.
5.Add the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture and stir to combine.
6.Add the melted butter, the lemon zest, milk and dark rum to the mixture. Stir to combine.
7.Pour the mixture into the ovenproof dish over the pineapples. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until risen and golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
8.Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack. When it is cooled, cut into slices to serve.

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