Inspired by the Great British Bake Off returning to our screens this week, I’ve had a go at the contestants first challenge – a Madeira cake which isn’t something I’ve baked either.
Here’s what you’ll need:
What you need to do:
Heat the oven to 170°c and grease/line the a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Lining a tin is so much easier than it looks; this one took almost as long as mixing up the loaf batter.
Use an electric whisk to beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. I like to chop the butter into small pieces to help out my aged mixer 🙂
Now beat in the flour until you have a thick batter. It’s quite a strange consistency, it’s not as runny as a sponge cake recipe would be; however, the batter should be loose enough to fall off a spoon, if not add a little milk. Tip the mixture into the tin and smooth the top.
Bake for 55 minutes – 1 hour until a skewer in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack. I was delighted with the dome rise and ‘the crack’ on my Madeira cake and finished it off with a basic glacé icing.
Can’t promise I’ll attempt what they bake next week 😉