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18 October 2011
I bought the Primrose Bakery Book the other day and have since been longing to try out one their lovely recipes. I couldn't resist the marble cake recipe, which also had a hint of pink in it. I've never properly baked before, so I thought I'd start off with something relatively simple, and something that'd go perfectly with a cup of tea!
What you will need:
- 150g unsalted butter (plus some more for greasing tin)
- 175g caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 185ml mik
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- drop of red food colouring
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees / gas mark 4. Grease a loaf tin, or line with baking paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric whisk, until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla extract. Beat the eggs together in a small bowl, and the gradually add to the butter and sugar, mixing well.
3. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, and gradually add it to the batter. Alternate with the milk, mixing well. (I got a bit worried about how much mixture there actually was, and how thick it was. But don't worry, it's supposed to be like that!)
4. Divide the mixture between 3 bowls, adding the cocoa powder to one bowl and the red food colouring to another, leaving one bowl untouched. I found that one drop of red food colouring didn't make the shade of red that I wanted, so I just added more until I was happy. Beat the mixtures well.
5. Add alternate spoonfuls of each mixture to the bowl, swirling them with a spoon or knife as you go. Make sure that it is evenly distributed, and do one final swirl once all of the mixture is in the tin. (This was my favourite bit!)
6. Bake for 50-60 minutes in the middle of the oven. When it is finished, a skewer of knife poked into the middle should come out clean. If not, pop back in the oven for 5 minutes or so.
7. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes, and then serve a slice on a pretty plate with a cup of tea! (Or coffee)
I'm hoping to include more recipes on this blog, as I'm trying to improve my baking skills and become a bit more adventurous and independent with them! Is there anything that you would like to see on here? Or anything recipes that you would recommend?
Love, Charlestown xoxo.
Recipe taken from 'The Primrose Bakery Book', by Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas.