I'm hoping though, that this latest recipe of mine, might be enough to assuage those of you still reading / watching!
Last night, with 4 surplus to requirement punnets of strawberries in my refrigerator and a hankering for something seriously sweet, I decided to throw whatever I had together to create something sweet with the illusion of health - fruit means it has no calories right? (wishful thinking).
I didn't want something super cakey so I made a thick mixture (more strawberries) and spread it in a bigger pan to make more of a strawberry slice than a cake - more strawberry, hint of cake, not so much filler.
The result was undoubtedly divine! So divine in fact that not only I, but friends over at the time, all matched their mouthful with an "mmmm" followed by a more excited "MMMMMM!!!" followed by a "this is seriously good!" so, I would call this cake/slice, a definite success.
Proviso: This is not healthy in the slightest - you all know how much I love to add in my sugar, and in this delightful little cake/slice, there's two cups of the stuff!
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 6-8 T butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 - 1 cup milk (use your own judgement on qty)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups Standard Grade Flour
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or Essence
- 2 punnets of strawberries, hulled and diced (you can leave as halves if you like too)
1. If you want a chunkier cake, add in less strawberries and use a smaller pan, or if you'd like to replicate what I've done, with a thinner slice, add in the full amount of strawberries and use a large slice pan.
2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
3. Line a slice pan or cake pan with cooking paper and set aside
4. In a large bowl, cream together the caster sugar and butter.
5. Mix in the egg, milk, vanilla, strawberries and brown sugar. Stir to combine, squeezing out any balls of brown sugar.
6. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
7. Gradually mix in the flour mixture until combined (don't overmix) and then transfer to the pan.
8. Sprinkle (even more) brown sugar over the top of the cake and bake for around 10 minutes. Depending on your taste, judge the cake by testing with a knife to see if it comes out clean. Personally, I like to take the cake out before it completely sets so that it's really moist and almost gooey in parts.
Enjoy the sweetness!! Perfect for these Summery months.
Yours in S'mores,