Plum Cake






While I was in Ireland last week I received an email from Baking Mad offering to send me some goodies so I could bake up a storm.  I was obviously more than happy to oblige.  On my arrival home I was welcomed to an awesome parcel filled with Allinson flour, Billington sugars, the BEST vanilla extract by Nielsen Massey and an apron.

I searched the Baking Mad website for an autumnal recipe - I struggled to choose one, if I had the time I would bake a LOT more to share with you but I chose this delicious plum cake which is perfect as a tea time treat or as a pudding.  So while Jack was at nursery I put on my apron and enjoyed some baking.  It is so soothing for the soul and it was lovely to do it in peace too!

Plum Cake
Makes 12-16 squares

Ingredients
175g butter, melted
175g golden caster sugar
1 tspn almond extract (I used vanilla & it was still YUMMY!)
3 eggs, separated
175g self raising flour
350g plums, stoned and halved

Method

* Preheat your oven to 190 degrees (170 on a fan) and grease and line a baking tin (18 x 26cm)
* Whisk the melted butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
* Add the almond (or vanilla) extract and add the egg yolks one at a time.
* Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gradually fold into the mixture alternately with the flour.
* Spoon into the tin and arrange the plum halves on top, skin side down.
* Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown.
* Remove from the tin and allow to cool.  Sprinkle some icing sugar on top and enjoy warm with custard or with a cup of tea.

The fluffy egg whites make this cake light and moist and utterly divine.  I have already had a huge slice with a cup of tea and a drizzle of custard.  I will definitely be having more tonight for pudding!

These are some other yummy recipes that you could try too, like these divine chocolate brownies, this autumnal pudding or how about some focaccia or cheese & sweet potato pasties?

Thanks to the Baking Mad team for the goodies, I will definitely be doing some more baking this week!

Happy Wednesday!

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