Welcome to my latest recipe in the Instant Pot and today we are doing a delicious copycat version on Mr Kipling Lemon Slices. Full of fresh lemons, a homemade lemon cake batter and icing that you just can’t say no to, this is an Easter winner.
I love a lemon slice. There is just something about them. They remind me of all the cakes and buns that my Grandad was so addicted to and that he used to buy for me.
He would always have a stack of chocolate bars in his fridge for when his boys came to visit (or his Grandkids) and would buy all the creamy desserts at the supermarket on a Friday night.
There would be huge chocolate eclairs, custard creams and lots of delicious things that involve lemon and icing.
I also always remember the Mr Kipling brand. It was always on the shelf along with all the other Best of British favourites that I used to have growing up. I was particularly addicted to the Bakewell tarts and the lemon slices. But in all honesty it had been a number of years since I had one.
Over the years they had gone up in price and now charged 3€ for a very small box of them that would be gone by the car journey home. Plus when I think of how much I love to bake the idea of buying them when I can make them myself just feels so wrong.
But they were on offer recently for just 75 cent and I just couldn’t resist a pack. I reminded myself about what was so special about them and we took them home and shared them.
The conversation so went to the fact that I should bake more lemon things. We have a lemon tree outside in the garden and we should make best use out of it.
I now have a feeling that these are going to be on the menu more and more. And it makes a great alternative in your spring form pan than cheesecake and cooks so well.
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- Start by rubbing the fat into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add 2 out of the 3 lemons, the sugar, the vanilla essence and the eggs. Mix it well until it resembles a sticky dough.
- Flour the bottom and the sides of a spring form pan and then place the dough into the pan. Press it down and make sure there are no gaps and so that everything is well covered.
- Place a cup of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot, add the steaming shelf and place the spring form pan over the steaming shelf.
- Cook on the steam function for 25 minutes.
- Manually release pressure, remove from the Instant Pot and place on a cooling rack until it reaches room temperature.
- In a mixing bowl add the rest of your lemon and 5 of your 6 tablespoons of icing sugar. Mix it well until you have a really thick icing. Put about 1/3 to one side in a different dish and then layer the top of your lemon slices with the remainder. Make sure there are no spaces and it is well covered. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes on a plate so that it can set and go harder quicker.
- With the remaining icing add a little yellow colouring to give the icing a nice bright yellow colour. Mix it well.
- Now take the lemon slices from the freezer and drizzle lines of yellow icing over the top.
So I am sure you realise that the spring form is round and lemon slices are rectangular! Well what I did was take it out and chop it up into shapes and then it was an excuse to eat the side pieces.