Feeling a autumnal nip in the air, I wanted to bake something comforting and homely. This is cake is the equivalent of a cosy snuggly jumper. Based on a recipe from the Domestic Goddess herself, Nigella, its a pretty easy bake. Glace cherries always remind me of when I was little and my Mum used to buy glace cherries in different colours (green, yellow, red) and other dried fruits for Christmas loose from a lovely shop in Southport, the shop is no longer there and loose dried fruits is something you don't see now.
- 200g glace cherries, preferably the undyed if you can get hold of them
- 250g self raising flour
- 225g butter softened
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 eggs beaten
- 2-3 drops almond essence
- 100g ground almonds
- 6 tbsp milk
Preheat your oven to 170c, grease and line your 2lb loaf tin
Firstly rinse your glace cherries,drain and dry and then tosh in a little flour. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually add your eggs and almond essence, until well mixed, now add the flour and ground almonds. Lastly mix in the milk and the cherries. Now spoon into your tin, bake for approximately 45 -60 minutes until golden and baked through when tested with a skewer.
Allow to cool in the tin, stores very well in foil.