How do you spend a rainy weekend? Cooking, of course. Well and doing a hundred other house related chores. Or does that only happen to me? Just as long as I can avoid the cold, the rain and just overall wetness I am fine cooking. It is only July after all.
Then again this tea cake would have never happened without the rain. Bill. Bill and his sunny recipes. After buying the sunny tray yesterday, I thought some sunny inspiration is also needed. What chef do you think of first when you think of sun? My immediate answer would be Bill Granger. Armed with his cooking book, I emerged myself in sun, sand and sea.
Depending on the where and when, the way I am looking for a recipe can be classified in: Planned, such as when I decide on a recipe, write up the list of ingredients, go out and buy them. Just then, when I look for a recipe based on the ingredients I already have in the house.
Bill’s tea cake was a just then. Starting the weekend, all grey and rainy, I decided that something comforting and warm would go just great with my tea (well, coffee). But what? Our baking cupboard is usually well stocked so it had to be something easy, using basic ingredients. There is nothing simpler than Bill’s tea cake. And such a tasty, comforting result. Recipe from Bill Granger ‘Simply Bill’ page 140.
60gr unsalted butter
145gr caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
155gr plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
topping: 3 teaspoons caster sugar, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 10gr unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 180C (gas mark 4). Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and stir together. Sift in the flour and baking powder, add the milk and mix until smooth.
Pour into a greased and lined cake tin, bake for 20min or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 2min before putting it onto a plate.
Topping: mix together all the ingredients. Dot the warm cake with butter and brush to melt. Sprinkle the topping and serve warm.
And this is how I brought some sunshine into my day. Which simple cake brightens up your mood?
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