Amaretto cake – thanks to David Bauld

The actual cake
400g tin peaches in juice, drained and puréed
5tbsp Amaretto
100g (4oz) blanched whole almonds, quite finely chopped
3 peaches, halved, stoned, halves cut into 4 large handful fresh raspberries
185g (6½oz) unsalted butter, softened
185g (6½oz) golden caster sugar
3 large, free-range eggs
185g (6½oz) self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder

For the crumble
100g (4oz) plain flour
75g (3oz) golden caster sugar
75g (3oz) blanched whole almonds, roughly chopped
75g (3oz) butter, melted

You will need
25cm (10in) springform cake tin, bottom lined and lightly oiled

1 First, make the crumble. Place the flour, sugar and almonds in a bowl and pour over the melted butter. Stir with a spoon; as it firms up it should form crumbly lumps. Set aside.

2 Heat the oven to 170 C, 150 C fan, 325 F, gas 3. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Mix the puréed peaches with the eggs and Amaretto and lightly beat with a fork. Add this into the butter and sugar a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Don’t worry if it curdles, as the flour will bring it together.

3 Fold in the flour, almonds and baking powder with a generous pinch of salt until you have a smooth batter. Pour into the cake tin. Sprinkle over a third of the crumble, scatter over the fresh peaches and raspberries, then top with the rest of the crumble.

4 Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, covering the top of the tin with tin foil after 30 to 40 minutes, or when the crumble is golden and crisp. The cake is cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with only a few crumbs.

5 When cooked, remove the cake from the oven, run a knife around the sides and leave in the cake tin for 10 minutes, before removing the sides and sliding off the base to transfer to a cooling rack. The cake will keep in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days.

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Posted on June 6, 2011, in Cakes, Desserts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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