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Sultana Cake Recipe

June20

This is a nice plain cake. It is light in texture and the lemon and vanilla give it a subtle lift.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz/230 gm butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2  1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1  1/2 cups sultanas
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • grated rind of 1/2 lemon

Method:

Beat the butter and sugar to a cream. Add the eggs one at a time and beat each one in till nicely mixed. Add the flour and baking powder combined. Mix in well and then add the fruit and again, combine well. Measure a half a cup of milk and add the vanilla essence and gradually pour the liquid into the batter, mixing well as you go. Put the cake into a greased 8 x 3in (20 x 6.5cm) tin and bake at 325 F/160 C for 55 – 60 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Leave on a wire rack to cool and then store in an air-tight container.. Turn on to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle sifted icing sugar on top and store in an air-tight container.

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Madeira Cake Recipe

February28

This is a traditional madeira recipe brought up to date with yoghurt which helps to make the cake lighter. The little bit of lemon added gives it an extra twist.

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz/200 gm butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Grated rind of half a lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
  • 1 ¾ large cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method:

Beat butter and sugar. Add the lemon rind. Beat the eggs well until thick. Add the eggs and then the yoghurt and stir in. Finally add the sifted, combined dry ingredients. Pour into a small round tin (8 1/2 in/21 cm). Bake at 350 F/180 C for 50 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Turn on to a wire rack to cool. Ice with lemon icing and store in an air-tight container.

Icing:

  • 2 oz/50 gm butter
  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 dessertspoon lemon juice
  • a dash of boiling water

Mix all the ingredients together to form a firm paste.

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