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Cherry Tea Cake

This afternoon I remembered I have two pounds of cherries in my fridge, and decided they’d be perfect in a tea cake. I slowly cooked about a pound of them with a little bit of sugar to make a complementary sauce. SO DANG GOOD.

2 oz butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
3/4 c. sugar (superfine or caster is best, if you have it)
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 ounces of fruit

Grease a 9″ baking dish (I use either a spring-form pan or this cake pan where the bottom pops out) and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine, then blend in the milk.

Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just blended (do not over-mix at this stage or your cake will not be fluffy). Fold in fruit if you’re using something like berries, for plums wait until after the batter is transferred to the baking dish.

Transfer batter to baking dish and smooth out top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or about 35 minutes.

Recipe from mimknits. I’ve made a plain cake and spread lemon curd on it, blueberries, melted chocolate (with more chocolate across the top), and now cherries! I love that the base is basic enough to just add whatever is on hand, before the summer is over I definitely want to try peaches.

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Tea Cake II

Last night the experiments continued. For one I melted 1c chocolate chips and folded the chocolate in to the batter, it was too much chocolate (unless I wanted a full-on chocolate cake, I was going for marbled). Once the cake was baked I drizzled the leftover chocolate liberally across the top.

For the second I added 6oz blueberries, folding them in to the batter. Unfortunately, as the cake baked many of the berries sunk to the bottom and some decided to stay there, so when I tried to turn the cake out of it’s pan pieces of the bottom stayed in the pan (not sure if I should have greased it more liberally, put a layer of batter in the bottom and then the berries, used less berries, etc). The bits left on the bottom were deeeeeeelicious though. I sampled the bottom of the blueberry cake, Huz taste-tested the chocolate one, and I brought the remaining cakes in to share with the faculty (as is my habit).

Hear that Ohians? Hire me and I will bring in home baked deliciousness.

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Tea Cake

Tea Cake

My nametwin posted this delicious recipe on her flickr and now I want to try it.  Like, right now. Dangit, we just got back from the store and I didn’t buy any fruit but I have all the other ingredients.  I may have to make another run.  Or try with chocolate chips because I have those on hand?

2 oz butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
3/4 c. sugar (superfine or caster is best, if you have it)
1 egg, at room temperature
1/2 c. milk
1 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
10 ounces of fruit (My favorite is currants, but I’ve used raspberries, blackberries, plums… I keep meaning to just spread some marmalade on there and see what happens)

Grease a 9″ baking dish (I use either a spring-form pan or this cake pan where the bottom pops out) and preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine, then blend in the milk.

Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just blended (do not over-mix at this stage or your cake will not be fluffy). Fold in fruit if you’re using something like berries, for plums wait until after the batter is transferred to the baking dish.

Transfer batter to baking dish and smooth out top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or about 35 minutes.

Tea Pot

Tea pot (blueberry tea about to brew)

Ooh! actually, I am pretty sure I have a jar of lemon curd that would work… once the cat stops being cute on my lap this is so getting made.

Update: 35 minutes was a little long in my oven, so I had to trim the base a little. Note to self for next time.  It is delicious with lemon curd though!

Snow Day Muffins

Snow day banana and chocolate chip muffins (yesterday's baking adventure)

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