Apricot and cardamom crumble cake

  • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes, plus cooling

Serves: 10

Ingredients

175g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
200g soft brown light sugar
1 tbsp cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
2 eggs 
200g self-raising flour
75g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
60g flaked almonds
400g apricots, halved

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. Chop 50g butter and chill. Leave the remaining 125g at room temperature to soften, then beat with 125g sugar, the crushed cardamom seeds and ½ tsp cinnamon until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then mix in 125g flour, the ground almonds and the baking powder until combined. Spread evenly into the tin.

.2 Rub together the remaining 50g chilled butter, 75g sugar, 75g flour and ½ tsp cinnamon, plus a pinch of salt, to form clumpy breadcrumbs. Stir in the flaked almonds, then sprinkle 2 / 3 of the crumble mixture over the cake. Lay the apricots, cut-side down, on top, then scatter the remaining crumble around them.

3. Bake for 50-60 minutes, then cool for 20 minutes and remove from the tin. Serve at room temperature, with cream, if liked. LH