Baking is still my favorite past time, more than cooking I think. I love putting all the ingredients together, mixing, transferring into a baking tin etc. and then comes the "waiting time"... The anticipation, wondering - will it rise, how will it look, will it taste well, did I add all the ingredients, maybe I should/shouldn't..., did I over mix it...? There are occasions, thankfully very rare ones, that my baking isn't a success, when something doesn't work, for one reason or another... But I don't give up - I always try again (and if the second time is equally unsuccessful then I throw in the towel...).
No such problems with this beauty tho! As per the original recipe from "The Primrose Bakery Book" it should be a slice (hence the title), but because of the lack of a proper, square baking tin - it's a cake, and a very good one to that! Two different types of cake dough, cut in the middle by sharp and sweet raspberry jam! Sweet, mellow coconut on the top works so well here too. Simply... Delicious!
How to make it...
- 125 g unsalted butter, plus more for greasing tin
- 60 g golden caster sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon good-quality vanilla extract
- 185 g plain flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 60 ml milk
- 200 g good-quality raspberry jam
- 300 g fresh raspberries
For the topping:
- 100 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 5 tablespoons golden caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 225 g desiccated coconut
- 60 g plain flour
Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease a large rectangular baking tin and line the base and sides with baking paper, extending the paper slightly over the sides of the tin. In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix well. Slowly add the dry ingredients until well combined and then beat in the milk. This should give you a dough-like mixture. Put this in the prepared tin, then level out the top with a spatula and spread the raspberry jam on top. To make the topping, cream the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer and then beat in the rest of the ingredients to give you a mixture with quite a thick consistency. Spoon this over the jam in the tin, again ensuring it is evenly spread (I actually did some pipping job here, as it was easier and less messy that way, and I achieved an even layer on the top). Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until cooked and golden brown on top and a skewer inserted into the centre of the slice comes out clean (took me exactly 35 min). Allow to cool in the tin. These will keep for 3 days in an airtight tin or wrapped in clingfilm and stored at room temperature.
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