Plum and Almond Traybake Cake
I get a bit greedy for seasonal fruit at this time of year and often find that I have bought too many, pears, figs and…plums! Today I made a small quantity of Fig and Lime Jam and this Plum and Almond Traybake Cake.
Super quick zoom through of the Fig and Lime Jam recipe: 8 chopped figs, juice of two limes and grated zest of half a lime, equal weight sugar to figs and 3 tbsp water. Put it all in a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and then bring to the boil. Boil for until you reach setting point about 10-15 mintues. Test by putting a teaspoonful onto a cold saucer placing in the fridge, leave for 5 minutes and then push with your finger, if the jam wrinkles it’s ready.
Anyhoo, I digress! You are here for the Plum and Almond Traybake Cake after all, so let’s bring on the recipe:
- 8 plums
- 175 g soft butter or baking spread
- 200 g self-raising flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 25 g ground almonds
- 175 g caster Sugar
- 1 tsp almond essence
- 3 eggs
- 3 tbsp milk
- 15 g flaked almonds
- Heat the oven to 170C
- Line a 12 x 9 in (30 x 22.5 cm) roasting tin with baking parchment.
- Halve the plums and remove the stones.
- Place all the ingredients, except the plums and flaked almonds, in a large bowl.
- Mix with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until well blended.
- Put the mixture into the lined tin and spread evenly.
- Place the plums cut side down across the mixture (you will have one half left over- eat it!)
- Sprinkle over the flaked almonds
- Bake for about 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and the sponge springs back when pressed.
- Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into squares.
Such a simple recipe, it’s really adaptable to all kinds of fillings and flavours. As the Plum and Almond Traybake Cake is baked in a shallow tray it’s baked in just 30 minutes and will fill your cake tin. This recipe also makes a perfect dessert with cream or custard, which ever way you serve it – Enjoy!
What ingredients do you tend to over buy? And what do you choose to cook or bake when you find you have too much of certain ingredients?