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Lemon & Lime Black Sesame Mini Loaves


A twist on the classic lemon and poppy seed cake.

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  • 200g caster sugar
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds (or poppy seeds)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 260ml milk
  • 240g extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lemons - zest and juice
  • 1 lime


servings 10
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 45mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Preheat your oven to 180C (fan oven). Whisk the sugar and eggs together until the mixture is thick and a very light yellow colour.

Step 2

In a separate bowl or jug mix the oil, milk, zest and lemon/lime juice together. Don't worry - the citrus will curdle the milk but it all works out ok when you mix it with the rest of the ingredients!

Step 3

Lemon & Lime Black Sesame Mini Loaves - Step 3

Slowly add the oil/milk/citrus mixture to the sugar and egg while whisking. Once fully combined, start to mix in the flour and baking powder.

Step 4

Lemon & Lime Black Sesame Mini Loaves - Step 4

I wanted to have a bit more of the sesame flavour so put the sesame seeds in a dry pan on a medium to high temperature for a few minutes until the oils and flavours started to come out. Mix the sesame seeds into the batter then spoon into mini loaf tins or cases.

Step 5

Lemon & Lime Black Sesame Mini Loaves - Step 5

Bake for 30 minutes uncovered then lightly cover with foil for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool before getting stuck in!


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