... now I realise that this may seem like the most tenuous link ever but I did, honestly have the alphabakes challenge in mind when I made this cake... let me explain... the alphabakes challenge, hosted alternatively by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes has the letter T as it's theme this month... as you can imagine it's a wonderfully easy one... T for Traybake... T for Tart Tatin... T for Trifle... T for Tiramisu... you get the idea... but as is typical of me i've gone slightly left of field...
... I was a little bored yesterday and decided that cake baking was simply the only thing to do and sometimes I like to just open the cupboard, then open the fridge and take my influence by stealth... sadly the fridge was pretty bare, one duck egg, one hens egg and a little butter... and the baking cupboard is in desperate need of a re-stock since I had a clear-out at the weekend... 4 year-old jellied orange slices lurking in a dark corner could perhaps be thrown out... so I only had a small bag of flour to work with...
... however, I suddenly remembered i'd asked my dear neighbour Tracey to pick my ripening purple gooseberries whilst I was away in Spain, which she did and placed in her freezer... so I let myself in to her home, took my gooseberries and helped myself to a couple of stalks of rhubarb whilst I was there... I realise this makes me sound like a total thief but we do have an understanding... I raid her larder in return for cake...
purple gooseberry, lemon and rhubarb cake
and so on to my cake and the letter T... you see I think that with the gooseberries, the rhubarb and the lemon honey this is a tart cake... that's tart with the letter T
500g raw fruit (you can use any fruit, chopped small or if berries, left whole, fresh or frozen)
250g self raising flour
1 duck egg
1 hens egg
a little milk to slacken
the grated rind of one lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pre-heat the oven to 170C and grease and line a loose-bottomed springform tin
- cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- add one egg and beat in in
- sieve in half the flour and beat in
- add the other egg then the rest of the flour, the lemon rind and cinnamon and beat in
- add the fruit and combine (it will be really thick, so add a little milm to slacken)
- pour into the cake tin and bake for 40 mins or until risen and golden
eat and of course, enjoy!