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Cherry and Almond Cake

cherry and almond

For christmas I got more than enough cooking and baking books, which is a dream come true really.  There is nothing better then winding down at the end of the day, reading a cook book, looking at the pictures and drooling… and then comes the hard part of choosing a recipe to try.

Well, this cherry and almond recipe comes from Fantastic party cakes by Mich Turner.  I chose the recipe simply because it’s cherry season right now, we have heaps of cherry at home and I have never tried fresh cherries in a cake before.  Stella in particular loves cherry!

Stella - after eating a big bowl of cherries

What I love about this recipe is super easy to put together and I love the crunchy crumble on top.  Perfect for afternoon tea!

Here is the recipe.

for the cake

140 g self raising flour

50 g golden caster sugar ( I used white caster sugar)

1 large egg

4 tbs organic milk

85 g unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp almond extract

350 g juicy ripe cherries

icing sugar, for dusting

for the crumble topping

25 g butter at room temperature

25 g ground almonds

25 g golden caster sugar (again i used white caster sugar)

1/2 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 180 c (fan oven 160 c).  Grease and line the base of shallow 20cm cake tin.  Measure the flour and caster sugar into a bowl, stir together.  Make a well in the centre and add the egg, milk, melted butter and almond extract.  Beat with an electric mixer to make smooth mixture.  Spoon into the tin and spread evenly.

Remove the stalks and stones from the cherries, cut in half and scatter over the cake mixture – gently press them in.

Make the topping by measuring all the ingreadients into a clean bowl.  Rub the butter uin until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and then gently clups together.  Scatter this over the cherries.

ready for baking

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool before removing from the tin and allow to cool completely on wire rack.

Dredge with icing sugar to serve.

Tip – try substituting the fresh cherries with other ripe fruit in season plums and apricots work particularly well – chop the stoned flesh into quarters before adding to the recipe.

The verdict: this cherry and almond cake is delicious and moist and the flavour combo of cherry and almond is just beautiful!  Great by itself or with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

I am loving this book, it has lots of step by step technique on decorating small cakes which includes covering cakes with fondant, decorating with royal icing, tempering chocolate and a lot more.  There are lots of recipe on cakes, meringues, cookies and pastries.  Definitely will be trying more recipes!

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Pizza at the park

The kids always have so much fun together. always playing, always fighting, always chasing and copying one another! =)

These pics were taken at Bales Park steps away from our home. It’s a pretty little park…The kids played and the oldies had pizza & pide. Perfect! It was such a beautiful day!

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3 Happy Kids

These photos were taken a few weeks back in my garden (07/01/10) – just before we were about to go to dinner at the Victoria Room. We were so happy that finally we have a few good photos of the 3 kids together!!

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NYE @ Barangaroo

I can’t believe we’re 10 days into the new year!

We spent our New Year’s Eve at Barangaroo. Tickets were limited to 10000 and it was a family friendly event, meaning no glass and alcohol. We all had a great time sitting around enjoying our picnic and the view of the harbour bridge whilst waiting for the fireworks to start up.

For those who are looking for a safe environment to watch the fireworks for NYE  next year – I highly recommend Barangaroo! The space allocated was so large that it didn’t feel crowded at all. Plus, the view was really amazing!

Hope everyone had a memorable NYE!

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