I hardly bake anything these three weeks because of my knee injury. I had limitations in my movements. I could not go marketing, needless to say about buying ingredients for baking. Currently, I am having withdrawal symptoms! Well not for eating of course but for BAKING!
I am posting this cake which I baked quite some time ago. It is from the Belinda Jeffrey's cookbook; "Mix & Bake". I like most of the cakes in her book as it has a homely feel to it and perfect for tea time treats. You don't need a mixer for this recipe, just whiz everything in a food processor will do. Just like Nigella Lawson sometimes.
Adapted from Belinda Jeffrey's "Mix & Bake"
250g sour cream
125ml plain yoghurt
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
75g roasted walnuts or hazelnuts
2 tsp cinnamon powder
450g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
250g unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into chunks
1 tbsp dark rum
2 tsp vanilla extract
icing sugar for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Butter and flour a 10 cup size bundt pan and set aside.
2. Scoop the sour cream and yoghurt into a bowl and thoroughly mix them together. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda, then leave to stand for about 15 minutes; the mixture aerates and puffs up when you do this.
3. Put the nuts, 110g of the sugar and the cinnamon into a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Pour this mixture into a small bowl. Put the flour, baking powder and salt in the processor and whiz them to combine. Tip them into another bowl.
4. Put the eggs and the remaining 275g of sugar into the processor and whiz them for one minute. add the butter and process everything for another minute.
5. Stir the rum and vanilla extract into the sour cream mixture; this will cause it to deflate somewhat. Add this to the mixture in the processor and blend it all together with a few quick bursts. Add and fold the flour mixture in a few spoonful at a time until it is just combined.
6. Spoon a 2 cm layer of cake batter into the bottom of the prepared bundt tin and smooth out the surface. Sprinkle about 1/3 of the nut mixture over the top and shake the tin gently to even it out. Cover this with another thin layer of batter. Sprinkle the rest of the nut mixture over this. even it out again, then spread the remaining cake batter on top.
7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a fine skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the cake in the tin on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Gently loosen around the sides and central hole. Invert the cake onto the rack and leave it to cool completely.
8. Just before serving, transfer the cake to a cake stand or plate and dust it with icing sugar. you can freeze the cake for up till 3 weeks. Leftover slices are also good gently warmed in a microwave oven.