I’m posting this a little earlier than planned as I have had lots of requests from social media for it.
Nourishing Nettle and Lemon cake
Makes 1 loaf cake
2 cups nettles
2 tsp vanilla essence
zest & juice of half a lemon
250g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Pick your nettles and ensure they are as young as possible and only the top 4 leaves are picked to avoid them being bitter.
Obviously avoid where people walk their dogs or where vehicles pass!
Pour boiling water over your nettles and boil for 2/3 minutes. This loses their sting.
Drain and squeeze them out as much as you can.
Add the lemon juice and blitz with a hand blender, set aside.
Cream your butter and sugar, add eggs, zest, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt.
Incorporate the nettle puree and give it a good mix.
Pop it in to a cake liner/tin and bake for 30 or so minutes at around 180c, testing with a skewer to make sure it comes out clean.
I had to cover with foil half way through as it browned a little more than I’d like
You can cover with frosting or a glaze, whatever takes your fancy. I made a glaze of sugar and lemon juice for this one and it was very nice.