You would really have to be living in a cave not to know that the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens. Wednesday nights now revolve around that 8pm slot when we all watch 12 keen bakers bake it out in a tent and try not to get kicked out. This week the Signature bake was a Madeira Cake. Some pimped them up and some kept them plain and simple. A favourite in our family is the Cherry Madeira, so to mark the start of GBBO series 6 I pimped up Mary Berry’s Madeira Cake Recipe with Cherries, a perfect afternoon treat with a large pot of tea.
Cherry Madeira Cake (Adapted from Mary Berrys Baking Bible)
Ingredients (Makes 1 2lb Loaf)
175g softened butter
175g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
50g ground almonds
3 large eggs
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
400g Glace Cherries, halved
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas Mark 4
Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
Put butter, sugar, flour, ground almonds, eggs and grated lemon into a large bowl.
Beat for 1 minute to mix thoroughly
Put the Glace Cherries into a bowl and sprinkle with a little flour, shake them until they are all coated
Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
Bake in pre-heated oven for around 1 – 1 1/4 hrs, checking with a skewer to ensure it is fully cooked.
Leave in tin for 10minutes to cool before turning out onto a wire rack.
Note: Mary and Paul would have probably not been best pleased at the Cherry distribution of my bake (and neither am I!) However, it tastes pretty damn good!