Thursday, 20 December 2012

Troubled Waters


Today I made   ...

I have been having a tough time recently, (family illness), and the one thing sure to cheer me up is a cup of tea and a piece of cake. I'm not sure how such a simple thing has the ability always to calm my worries - it just does.  I found a recipe (via good old google) for a lovely almond cake, it looked nicely decorated with apricots and I thought - yummy!

 Almond  And Apricot Cake


4 oz butter
4 oz sugar
4 oz ground almonds
4 oz self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
Handful flaked almonds
Few drops almond essence
Few apricots (fresh, bottled, or tinned)


Cream butter, sugar and eggs
Add ground almonds, flour and baking powder and almond essence
Pour into tin and sprinkle with flaked almonds and quartered apricots
(The apricots I used were soaked in Amaretto)
Cook in medium oven for around thirty/forty minutes
Cover the top when it appears a golden hue (mine was about twenty minutes into cooking time)
Test with skewer and cool in pan before removing and cutting

NOTE:  I never give accurate heating/cooking times as I cook in an Aga, which has no heat gauge - it is just 'hot' or 'very hot' or 'cool' and you just move the food around between the ovens to get the right temperature. It is rather hard to judge and get used to - but hey - I manage it so anyone could.

I used a 10" x 6" cooking tin and lined it with parchment paper.

Ta Da!

Anyone for cake?

Anyone for tea?




  1. YUM....looks wonderful! I love Eva Cassidy

  2. The cake looks lovely, I wonder if it would work with gluten free flour. We love Eva Cassidy too, and have a DVD which we pull out occasionally.

  3. Yummy. This cakeaholic will definitely try the recipe.

  4. That looks rather yummy with the apricots on top!

  5. I agree, Annabelle, life really is like a cup of tea. I hope things are getting brighter for you, and for your family member who has been ill. Your cake looks delicious. :-)


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