Tuesday, August 31, 2010
FRESH RASPBERRY AND ALMOND CAKE
The last of the summer raspberries from my garden were used for this lovely cake-cum-dessert.
Homegrown raspberries don't come creepy crawly free like the ones you buy in the supermarket. My method is to put them onto a large inspection plate and then leave them for a while, I then transfer the picked over raspberries to another plate. You can't be too careful!
This cake can be either made by the all-in-one-method or the traditional creaming method. Either way, the cake will still be wonderful.
Either eat as is, or warm in the microwave and serve with Greek Yogurt or creme fraiche as dessert.
Makes: 15 squares.
You will need: 26x16.5cm oblong tin, lined with baking parchment.
175g softened butter, 175g caster sugar, 3 medium free range eggs, 175g self-raising flour, 125g ground almonds, 2 tablespoons of milk, 150g raspberries, 2 tablespoons flaked almonds, icing sugar for dusting.
1. Heat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and then fold in the flour, ground almonds and milk. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.
2. Scatter the raspberries over the surface and press down lightly into the cake mixture. Sprinkle over the flaked almonds. Bake in the centre of the oven for 40-50 minutes. Check with a skewer to make sure the middle of the cake is cooked. If not return to the oven covered with foil for another 10 minutes.
3. Leave in the tin to cool.
4. Cut into 15 squares and dust with the icing sugar.