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Apricot and Pecan Simnel Cake  

Veg CD  CBF  110mins

 

 

Makes 1 x 20cm/8-inch cake   Cold  Vegetarian Fruit  Nuts  Easter  Cakes   Baked Fayre
 

Recipe and Picture courtesy britegg.co.uk

Ingredients
175g/6oz butter, softened
175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
3 large Lion Quality eggs, beaten
225g/8oz self-raising flour, sieved
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g/4oz sultanas
225g/8oz no-soak apricots, chopped
zest and juice of 1 orange
100g/4oz pecan nuts, chopped
To decorate
675g1 lb marzipan
3 tablespoons apricot jam, sieved
50g/2 oz plain chocolate, melted

 

 

Instructions


1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/170 degrees C / 320 degrees F. Grease a 20cm (8 inch) round, deep cake tin and line with baking parchment.


2. Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth and glossy. Fold in the remaining ingredients and spoon into the tin. Bake for 1-1 hours until risen and firm.


3. Use a sharp knife to split the cake in half through the middle. Roll out two thirds of the marzipan on an icing sugar-dusted surface and cut out two 20cm (8 inch) rounds. Brush both cut surfaces of the cake with jam and sandwich together with one of the marzipan rounds.


4. Brush the top of the cake with jam and arrange the second marzipan round on top, crimp the edges. Roll the remaining marzipan into eleven balls and arrange on top of the cake, attaching with more jam.


5. Spoon the chocolate into a greaseproof paper piping bag and drizzle over the top of the cake.
 

 

 

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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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