Are you overly fond of marmalade sandwiches? Are you from darkest Peru? Were you named after the train station you were found in? Were you wearing a tag that said,
Please look after this bear.
Then this cake may be for you, Paddington.
We were recently gifted with a jar of homemade marmalade. I like marmalade but don’t eat it as often as I do other types of fruity spready things. Mostly we eat jam with peanut butter to make PB&Js and PB&M just somehow aren’t a good combination.
Paddington’s tea cake
Preheat oven to 180C/350F
Lightly grease and line a loaf tin with parchment paper for easy removal.
Sift together in a bowl
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used 1 cup plus 2TB wholemeal spelt)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 TB cornstarch (cornflour to my British peeps) or eggless custard powder if you have some on hand. I didn’t. Used cornstarch.
In another bowl mix together:
½ cup Demerara sugar
¼ cup oil (I used 2 TB oil and 2 TB plain soy yogurt as we had a last spoonful of yogurt hanging out in the fridge that needed to get used up)
Add 1 cup cold orange juice.
She used freshly squeezed but to get enough oranges to do that would have cost me £1.80 this week and a carton of not from concentrate OJ from Lidl was 99p. Guess which one I used?
Note: My batter was a bit on the runny side but I just cooked it anyway. Maybe in hindsight should of added a bit more flour but it turned out fine.
Note: Maybe because my batter was a tad on the runny side it took 45 minutes to bake.
Heat in a small pan:
3-4 TB marmalade
2-3 TB icing sugar
2 TB water or rum (I bet rum would have been fab but we had to use water)
Heat until bubbling then carefully poke lots of holes in the top of the cake with a fork. Pour the hot glaze on top and the liquid will run into the cake making it all yum and sticky and gooey inside and the shreds will stay on top.
Lightly sand the top with a pinch of Demerara sugar for extra crunch. (optional but nice)
Let cool, eat some and declare it insanely good and then store the rest in the fridge!
Now invite a friendly bear over for tea! Or if you are not partial to bears how about the Tiger Who Came to Tea?