It seems like it has been an absolute age since I last posted a bake, but alas here I am typing up this Rhubarb, Gooseberry & Honey Cake recipe, which lasted all of 6 hours before it became a fond, albeit crum-bly memory (Ok, I'll stop).
I, like every other person I know, recently saw this year's Great British Bake Off teaser trailer and felt an instant pang for baking powder and poorly iced cakes. Last year I took part in the Blogger's Bake Along and surprised myself when I kept up with the bakes every week. It was such fun to do and I aim to do it all again this year! Consider this a taste of things to come!
This recipe is tangy and tart but cut across with a warming honey tone that tastes like summer in a slice. Basically, we were selling off the produce from the allotment at work and when I went to clear up after the sale I saw one lonely stick of rhubarb and a good handful of gooseberries tucked up in the corner of a crate. I just couldn't leave them there so they came home with me and ended up in this recipe! It's definitely more of a pudding than a cake as it's quite a wet mixture and goes beauuuuutifully with a big dollop of vanilla custard.
If you want to pick up some rhubarb and gooseberries, pop along to your local fruit and veg stall and I'm sure you'll find some there! They're in season too so you can give yourself a big pat on the back for being so bloomin' eco-minded.
75g gooseberries (washed, topped and tailed)
75g rhubarb (diced)
2tsp baking powder
225g self-raising flour
150g caster sugar
zest of one lemon
1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius.
2. Line and grease two sandwich tins. (this recipe makes two cakes).
3. Chop the rhubarb up and put aside with 50g of the sugar to allow the fruit to juice.
4. Tip remaining sugar, butter, lemon zest and juice in a bowl and whisk until well blended.
5. Add the flour, baking powder and eggs until smooth.
6. Fold in the fruit.
7. Bake for around 1 hour.
Ta daaaaaa, you're done! Now you've pretty much had one of your 5-a-day from being a garden glut!
Would you be interested in joining in with the Blogger's Bake Along? I think we need to get a hashtag going, what do you think?