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Simnel Cake


It’s as easy as ABC…

A. Grease and line a 9-inch cake tin. Sieve flour, salt, spice and cinnamon. Halve cherries and chop peel. Cream butter and sugar until pale and creamy, add lemon rind. Gradually beat in eggs. Add 3 tablespoons of flour towards end to prevent mixture curdling. Fold in remaining flour, fruit and enough milk to make a soft dropping consistency. Spoon half mixture into tin and spread evenly.

B. Make almond paste usual way (see Quick Tip below). Roll one half of paste to a 9-inch circle. Place on top of mixture in tin. Wrap remainder of paste in foil. Spoon in remaining mixture and hollow out centre slightly. Bake in an moderate oven for 30 minutes then in a very moderate oven for 2 1/2 hours. Cool in tin for 15 minutes. Turn out on to a wire tray. Remove paper.

C. Brush centre and edge of cake with apricot jam. Roll remaining almond paste into strips and plait; place around edge of cake and in the centre. Decorate with coloured eggs.

To make almond paste combine 10 oz. ground almonds with 10 oz. castor sugar, then mix to a stiff paste with juice of half a lemon and one large egg.

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Easter Sponge Ring


Cooking time: 30 mins.
Preparation time: 45 mins.
Main cooking utensil: 9-in. ring mold or tube pan about 3-in. deep.
Oven temperature: 325-350°F.
Oven position: center

For 10-12 servings you need:
4 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour sifted with 3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon warm water

Filling and decoration:
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
small Easter eggs and chickens

1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.

2. Beat the yolks and sugar until thick and fluffy.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder with cornstarch.

4. Fold into the egg yolks with the water.

5. Lastly add the stiffly beaten egg whites.

6. Spoon into the greased and floured pan and bake in a 325-350°F. oven until firm and golden.

7. Leave for a few minutes then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

8. Whip and sweeten the cream.

9. Split the ring and spread with half the cream.

10. Put the ring together and place on dish with rounded side uppermost.

11. Put the cream into a pastry bag with a writing pipe.

12. Pipe a design with the cream. Sprinkle with the grated chocolate.

13. Fill the center with small Easter eggs and chickens.

TO SERVE: When fresh for dessert or tea.

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