11 August 2014

Bake Off Challenge - Week 1

So what did you think of the Bake off? I absolutely loved it! It really is my 'happy' show, as long as I have a big mug of tea and a cosy seat to watch it in I am one happy girl. So far I really like Martha, Nancy, Kate and Norman. Their bakes looked amazing!

As I mentioned last week I am planning on having my own little Bake Off challenge each week. I'm hoping it will expand my baking skills and it is always fun tasting new bakes! This week I decided to make Mary Berry's Cherry Cake which was the technical challenge. 

Adapted from BBC Food

For the cake:
  • 200g  glacĂ© cherries
  • 275g  self-raising flour
  • 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g  caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest only
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 23cm/9in bundt tin (alternatively use a 20cm/8in round cake tin)

For the icing:
  • 175g icing sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 5 glacĂ© cherries, quartered

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. and lightly grease your tin.

  • Cut the cherries into quarters (Set aside five of the quartered cherries for the decoration later), and put the rest of the quartered cherries in a sieve and rinse under running water. Dry with kitchen towel and toss in two tablespoons of the flour. Set aside.
  • Mix the remaining cake ingredients together, ensuring it is well incorporated. Lightly fold in the cherries. Turn into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes. Leave to cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before turning it out.
  • Once the cake has cooled, make the icing by mixing the icing sugar and lemon juice together until you have a thick paste. Drizzle over the cake and top with the reserved cherries. Serve with a mug of tea and coffee. 
  • Perfection!
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  • I really had loved making this cake, using a bundt tin definitely adds a little more interest to the style of cake compared to a normal tin. This week on the Great British Bake Off is biscuit week, so check back soon to see what I baked!

Gemma x

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