Easter Recipe – Simnel Cake

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A great Easter treat - Siminel Cake. Photograph by A. Copeland.
A great Easter treat – Simnel Cake. Photograph by A. Copeland.

Simnel Cake

Why not try baking a Simnel Cake this Easter weekend? This classic Easter cake is easy to make, and goes well with a cup of tea! I have made mine rather minimalist but feel free to add marzipan decorations, to give it your own flare!

Prep time 30 mins, cook time 1 hr 20. This can be made dairy free.

Ingredients

1 lemon (zest and juice)

500g Mixed Fruit

225g Self Raising Flour

2tsp Mixed Spice

3 large Free Range Eggs

175g Butter/Dairy free alternative

175g Light Muscovado Sugar

Marzipan (Pre made is easiest)

For this use a spring bottom tinΒ  (20 inches), for beating either do this by hand or use a food mixer/electric beater (a food proccessor will ruin the sponge mix).

Method

  1. Put the lemon juice in a saucepan and add all the dried fruit, on a low heat bring the mix to a simmer and let it bubble for 2 minutes – make sure you stir this and watch for the liquid disappearing then remove from the heat and place the mix on a large plate and leave to cool.
  1. Line the base of a 20 inch loose based deep round cake tin with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 150 fan / 170.
  1. Mix the flour and the mixed spice in a large bowl.
  1. In an electric food mixer, beat the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy looking. Once this is mixed add in the eggs one at a time.
  1. Now add in the flour mix in batches. Then the fruit, again in batches.
  1. Take the marzipan and roll it out into a circle about 5mm thick. Make sure it is big enough to touch the sides of the tin. (If you are using a spring bottom tin, remove it and use it as a guide for the size of the marzipan disc)
  1. Pour 1/2 of the mix into the baking tin, making sure the mix is level, add a disc of the marzipan. Then add the rest of the mix to the tin.
  1. Bake for 1 hour and 20 mins – it should have risen be firm and golden brown. Once cool glaze with apricot jam which has been heated.

Have fun making this and enjoy your Easter weekend – Catriona McIntosh, Learning Intern πŸ™‚

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