Thursday, 7 September 2017

Recipe | Eton mess cake

One of my go-to websites for recipes is BBC Good Food, each time i've tried one of these recipes i've always been impressed with how they've turned out. With being off work for 5 weeks, i've done a lot of baking recently - we had a couple of meringues left over from the other weekend so that was the basis of my search for this bake.

Serves: ~15

175g butter
5tbsp double cream
1tsp vanilla essence
225g plain flour
100g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
200g golden caster sugar
5 large eggs
400g strawberries (1/2 roughly chopped & 1/2 thinly sliced)
4 meringue nests (we only had 3, and it worked fine!)

  • Grease and line a 30 x 20 cm deep traybake 
  • Melt the butter, then stir in the cream and vanilla
  • Mix the flour, almonds, baking powder and a pinch of salt - then set aside
  • Whisk the caster sugar and eggs, until very think and foamy (~5 mins)
  • Pour in the butter mix and whisk again then whisk in the dry mix
  • Stir in the chopped strawberries
  • Pour into tin and level
  • Scatter the strawberries and meringue over the cake
  • Bake for 40-45 mins until golden

This was definitely more of a pudding that a snack cake, with a bit of extra cream it was really nice. It wasn't my favourite bake and i'm not 100% sure i'd make it again but it was nice enough and a great way to use up some left over meringues! 

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