Summer Fruit Madeira Cake
I can not believe it has been over a year since I last posted! A lot has happened in that time, I made the decision to further my education by doing a masters with Heriot-Watt. The campus is on Orkney so I moved up here bought a house (a working project!), got two kittens (now cats) and I only have my dissertation left to do now as I had my exams last week.
I am not sure how this blog is going to continue as I had an interview for a job on Monday which if I get means I will not have a lot of time for cooking so it may turn into a speedy recipes for foodies or if I don’t get the job I will have lots of time so keep tuned and I will let you know when I hear about the job. It will probably also include the problems of finding all of the ingredients that I would like on Orkney. It has most things but I do miss the earthy market in Edinburgh.
As summer here never feels like it is going to arrive I thought I would give it a helping hand by making a summer fruit Madeira cake. I have never made this before so it is a bit of an experiment as I changed the recipe a bit. It is still in the oven at the moment so I can not tell you how good it is but by the time I have written this it should be ready.
Summer fruit Madeira cake
- 175g/6oz butter
- 175g/6oz caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 50g/2oz ground almonds
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 50g/2oz plain flour
- 100g/4oz self raising flour
- 2 tbsp milk
- 200g/8oz mixed summer fruits (frozen or fresh, I used frozen)
- Flaked almonds
- Preheat the oven to 160C/ gas mark 3/ fan oven 140C.
- Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the vanilla and slowly add the eggs
- Mix in the zest, ground almonds, plain flour, self raising flour and milk
- Fold in the mixed summer fruits and pour the mixture into a lined baking tin, flatten it out and then sprinkle over some flaked almonds
- Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Leave to cool.
Enjoy! H x