Today I got my bake on, ready for tonight’s episode of ‘The Great British Bake Off’. I’ve been hooked on this program since it started and I think half of the country is as well!
I always end up drooling whilst I watch this program, so I decided to bake a cake! Although I don’t think my baking will be as good as the contestants, I like to have a go.
I decided to bake a sultana cake, mainly because I picked up a bag of sultanas with our weekly shop. After trawling through my baking books, I couldn’t find a suitable recipe, so I turned to the trusty internet.
I found this very simple recipe from food.com.
250g butter, chopped
2 teaspoons almond essence or 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pre-heat oven to 150°C and grease a 20cm square or round cake tin.
Pick over the sultanas to remove any stem, there’s nothing worse than a crunch in your cake.
Place sultanas in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring to the boil and then drain off the water. Return sultanas to saucepan.
Stir in the chopped butter and set aside the sultanas to cool.
Beat together the eggs, essence and sugar. Then add in the sultanas.
Add your flour and baking powder to another mixing bowl and aerate with a kitchen whisk (or you can sift them together).
Stir the flour into the sultana mix.
Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
I didn’t follow the recipe to the letter, I tend to mess about with them a bit depending on what I have in the cupboards. With this recipe I decided to half the ingredients, used self-raising flour and also used light brown sugar. I think it turned out lovely even if it did crack (I did put it on the top shelf), it’s lovely and moist and Hubby started eating it as soon as he got home from work. I actually think this will taste even better tomorrow with a cup of tea, that’s if it last until tomorrow!
I do love to bake when I have the spare time and I think I might make this a regular post for GBBO days. I will watch tonight and see if it gives me some inspiration for next weeks bake.
Do any of my readers have a favourite cake/sweet treat they like to bake?