Bake the Book: Steamed Lemon and Vanilla Syrup Sponge

[Photograph: Jason Lowe]

"Keep the scurvy at bay" is the single descriptive line The Complete Nose to Tail gives to this recipe. And it's not far off: being that a whole lemon is used in the making of the cake, you'll be soaking in the Vitamin C.

Tips & Tweaks: To make the sponge, you need a heatproof bowl with a 1 1/4-quart capacity, and a roasting pan with sides nearly or as high as the bowl (the pan will be filled with water). In the recipe, "caster sugar" is superfine sugar, "vanilla pod" is a vanilla bean, and "double cream" refers to heavy cream.

As always with our Bake the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Complete Nose to Tail to give away.

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