Friday, July 6, 2012

Colors! Or ColoUrs! Yellow and a Lime Loaf

For the sake of this post I'm going to use this spelling - "colors", for 2 reasons
1] It's easier to type, one less alphabet after all
2] The red spell check line comes on when the Indian/British version 'colours' is used!

So, colors.....they're all fabulous. 
It's uncanny how each of us identify certain things immediately with a color. The associations know no bounds.

RED FERRARI...Michael Schumacher...lipstick...nail paint...stop!

BLUE will not say Chelsea...even though I've recently come to know that they have a blue song or something..Ha!) in blue...Sachin...Pepsi!

Goblin (haha)...tree...envy...PAKISTAN (you know it's true!)...tea...grass(normal green grass on the ground)!

Yellow yellow dirty fellow
Sitting on a buffalo.

As a kid, the color 'yellow' was dreaded by me. It was uncool and wonky and I had no particular associations with it other than the fact that my friend Mansi was in the yellow house. That was the only draw for me as she was my best friend in 2nd grade! So, yellow was for Mansi and apart from that it was just a dirty fellow! Now after nearly 2 decades... Yellow is so much more! 
Mansi on the other hand is just the same! Vivacious, funny and the most resourceful person on planet earth. Not exaggerating at all. Case in point - the British Council in Chennai actually created a special award for her while she was working there as she saved them a ton of money by noticing that they were over ordering their stationery supplies! So, cut down on pens, pencils, books and get a specially created award from the British Council - "Informativeness and awareness for value of money". 
Dame Mansi Hemdev!

Yellow...coming back to yellow!
Sunshine...beach...butter...sunny side up...custard...sun dress...caramel...sun....sun...sun...light...and Lemon and Lime!

(Okay, I'll be's actually supposed to be a 'lemon' loaf but since it is quite difficult to find lemons in India, I just used some limes!)

320g caster sugar
3 eggs 
grated zest of 2 lemons, unwaxed
350g plain flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
250ml whole milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
200g unsalted butter, melted
freshly squeezed juice and zest of 1 lemon
50g caster sugar

Put the sugar, eggs and lemon zest in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat until well mixed.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl.
Combine the milk and vanilla extract in another bowl.
Add one-third of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and beat well, then beat in one-third of the milk mixture. Repeat this process twice more until everything has been added. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Turn the mixer down to low speed, pour in the melted butter and beat until well incorporated.
Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until golden brown and the sponge bounces back when touched.

For the lemon syrup: while the cake is baking, put the lemon juice and zest, sugar and100ml water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over low heat. Raise the heat and boil until it has reduced by half, or until it has a thin syrup consistency. When the hot cake comes out of the oven, put it on a wire cooling rack and pour the syrup all over the top. Leave to cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto the wire cooling rack to cool completely.

So if you want to feel yellow, stop with the blue and throw out the green and get started on this loaf!

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