Blackberry Buttermilk Sponge- The Great British Bake Off Everyday

You  must all think that all I do is bake from The Great British Bake Off Everyday book.  It seems like so at the moment though I have been using other books as well.  It’s just the way things have turned out over the past month or so since the book has been published!

Last Monday I went back to work after six weeks off for the summer holidays.  I really enjoyed the summer break, we had a relaxing holiday in Spain but not only that I had a great chance to catch up on all the neglected jobs that hadn’t been done.  It was a shame that the last two weeks were shadowed a bit by my dog hurting his leg and me having a stinking cold!  By the time Monday came around I was pleased to be back.

For our training day shared lunch, alongside the Raspberry Shortbread Crumble Squares I chose to make a Blackberry Buttermilk Sponge. This is the very first recipe from the book and is deliciously moist due to the presence of buttermilk in the sponge.  I love using buttermilk in recipes and use it in my scones.

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The blackberries were rinsed and patted dry carefully on a piece of kitchen towel. Sadly I had to get these from the supermarket, the blackberries on the hedges round near me weren’t quite ripe enough at the time to pick.
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Butter and sugar being creamed together with my hand held mixer.
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Adding beaten egg to the creamed butter and sugar.
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A large spring form tin was greased and lined with a circle of baking parchment.
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The creamed mixture.

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Most of the blackberries were studded evenly into the cake. I didn’t mix them in with the mixture as I was worried they would break up and then turn the cake purple!
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The cooked cake just out of the oven!
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After about an hour I turned the cake out onto a rack by releasing the springform clip.
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To liven up the top I poked the rest of the blackberries into the top of the cake and sprinkled it with some sugar.

I was pleased with the cake and although it didn’t look that exciting, it tasted lovely.  It could be served with a scoop of ice cream or creme fraiche but I forgot to take some to school. We ate it plain and I really enjoyed it.  I will definitely bake it again and I think it would also work with raspberries or blueberries if you’re not a fan of blackberries!

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

 

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