Dried cherry, almond and blueberry cake

I  love baking, especially without a recipe. I love just throwing it all in the bowl and waiting to see whether the result is a success or an epic fail! Glad to say my most recent effort was a huge success, so I’d like to share my recipe with you here.

2 cups of almond meal

1 cup of plain white flour (sifted)

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 egg

1/2 cup of raw sugar

A couple of heaped tablespoons of greek yoghurt

2 tablespoons of softened butter

1/2 cup of orange juice or milk

As many dried cherries or cranberries as you like and a good handful of blueberries.

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It’s a one bowl recipe which is great so just start by creaming the butter and sugar together, till it’s light and fluffy. I just use a whisk to do this part. Add the egg and whisk again. Add all of the dry ingredients and then the wet ingredients. Add more juice or milk if the consistency looks a little dry. Then mix in the cherries and blueberries. I soaked the dried cherries in the orange juice first, just so they’d be nice and plump when I added them to the mixture. Put the whole lot into a bar tin and cook at 180 degrees in a non fan forced oven for about 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly and the top is golden.

I served it with an icy cold chocolate milkshake which Al was very happy about. I’ve only just discovered dried cherries and I really like them a lot so I’d be keen to hear how you use them in your cooking.

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