Monday, 15 September 2014

Greengauge and Marzipan Cakes

I love greengages and meant to post this last month but time seems to speed by to fast. Greengages are a small sweet green coloured plum, they are only in the supermarket (cheap) for a few weeks each year and are great to eat as they are, but are also excellent to cook with. Most sweet plum recipes work with them. 

Preheat the oven 180 C / 350 F / Gas mark 4 
Prepare a 12-hole bun tray with paper cases

For the Grengage and Marzipan Cakes
  • 75g/ 3oz Softened butter
  • 75g/ 3oz Caster sugar
  • 1 Extra large egg (room temperature)
  • 100g/ 4oz Self raising flour (with a pinch of salt added)
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 6 Greengages (remove stones)
  • 100g/ 4oz Marzipan (also known as  almond paste)
To make the Cakes
Place the  butter and sugar into a large bowl then beat with spoon or electric mixer until pale and fluffy.
Add the egg one to the butter/ sugar mixture, beating until smooth.  
Add the flour, cinnamon and salt, fold them into the mixture until combined.

Chop the greengages and marzipan into silimar sized small cubes and add to the mixture,
lightly mixing in.

Divide the mixture into the prepared 12 bun tray filling each papercase so they are just over half full.

Bake the cakes for 12 - 15 minutes until golden-brown. Leave to cool.

No need to add any icing, these are sweet enough. For serving you could lightly dust with icing sugar (also known as confectioners sugar)

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