Saturday, July 15, 2006

Butter Cake with Poached Fruits

This cake is the result of wanting something sweet and using whatever was left in the fridge at the time. The base of the cake is a very simple to make butter cake and the topping is a mix of fruit that have been poached in a light syrup - a blend of apples, pears and assorted berries.


Butter Cake with Poached Fruits

Butter Cake:
250g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
225g caster sugar
125g melted butter, cooled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
70ml milk

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Use a baking tin with a removable base to make it easier to un-mould the cake.

Sift the plain flour with baking powder into a bowl - mix the caster sugar through the flour. Lightly beat the eggs with the milk. Add this and the cooled butter and stir through until well amalgamated.

Pour into a lined baking tin and then top with the poached fruits.

Bake until cooked through and golden - about 45 minutes. If you feel it is browning too quickly then turn the heat down.

Cool slightly before removing. Serve warm or cold.


Poached Fruits
2 apples, peeled and cut into chunks
1 pear, peeled and cut into chunks
100g mixed berries, if frozen use straight from the freezer

In a small pan place the fruit and a little water and sugar (use a 2:1 proportion of water:sugar). Cook over a medium heat and when the fruit has softened slightly add the berries. Continue cooking until the syrup thickens and the fruit are soft.

Cool this mix before using it.

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  1. a nice cup of tea (stockholm blend from the tea centre please!) and a slice of this would be the best sunday afternoon tea on a rainy winter day. do you do home delivery?

  2. I don't know if there'd be any cake left by the time I got there ;)

  3. i think i'm drooling on the keyboard a bit...

  4. This looks absolutely to die for. I am bookmarking this recipe to try later, Thanks.

  5. too funny Sara!

    Thanks Jen - make sure you have a bite when it's warm!


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