Easter recipes (Traditional Simnel Cake)

Easter recipes (Traditional Simnel Cake)

Traditional simnel cake

Ingredients (serves 12 people)

  • 175g of caster sugar
  • 175g of butter
  • three medium eggs
  • 175g plain flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 300-400g mix of sultanas
  • raisins
  • mixed peel
  • the zest of one lemon
  • marzipan
  • marmalade.

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  1. For the cake, cream 175g of caster sugar and 175g of butter then add three medium eggs one at a time.

  2. When these are all well mixed together, add 175g plain flour, a pinch of salt, then your dried fruit – according to taste, but usually about 300-400g mix of sultanas, raisins, mixed peel and the zest of one lemon and/or one orange.

  3. Some cooks add different fruity ingredients such as a jar of mincemeat as this will add a little more moisture, but if it’s your first you might want to just stick to making quite a simple version.

  4. Bake on a low heat (Gas Mark 1 or 140 degrees C will be fine) for one and half to two hours.

  5. After 90 minutes cautiously try the cake by putting a thin knife blade or skewer into the centre – if it comes out with any gooey cake mixture on it, it needs more time, so try again in another 15 then 30 minutes, by which time it should definitely be ready.

  6. Let it cool, then add the marzipan topping, help this layer stick by melting just a little marmalade or apricot jam in a small amount of hot water to give you a sticky ‘glue’ to coat the top of the cake first.

  7. Top with the layer of marzipan and the optional ‘apostle’ balls in a ring round the perimeter of the top.

  8. Then lightly toast this under a grill and delicately brown.

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Thanks! Simnel cake was made at Easter to use the good fresh spring eggs and to use up the dried fruit, almonds and sugar from the store cupboard, as these would not have been eaten during Lent.

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Nice recipe But a picture of the finished cake would have been useful

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