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    Delia's Marmalade cake

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 85 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes 60 minutes 35 minutes


    225g plain flour
    3 level teaspoons baking powder
    110g dark brown soft sugar
    110g spreadable butter
    Zest of 1 small orange
    Zest of 1 small lemon
    1 level teaspoon mixed spice
    110g mixed dried fruit
    150ml milk
    1 teaspoon malt vinegar
    1 heaped tablespoon chunky homemade Seville orange marmalade

    For the topping
    1 tablespoon demerara sugar

    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4

    Equipment: A Silverwood loaf tin (or a standard 2lb loaf tin), lined with a 2lb traditional loaf tin liner


    First, in a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and sugar, then rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is coarsely crumbled. 

    Add the grated lemon and orange rinds, the mixed spice and dried fruit. 

    Stir all these together and add the milk a little at a time, followed by the vinegar. 

    Stir until all the ingredients are evenly distributed, then stir in the marmalade – and you should have a good dropping consistency (so that if you tap a spoonful of the mixture on the side of the bowl, it drops off easily – you can adjust this with a touch more milk if necessary).

    Now spread the mixture evenly in the prepared tin using the back of a tablespoon, and sprinkle the top with the Demerara sugar.
    Bake on a lower shelf so the top of the tin is aligned with the centre of the oven for 1¼ hours or until the cake feels firm in the centre. (After the cake has had 50 minutes, cover loosely with a piece of foil to prevent the sugar burning.) 

    Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire cooling rack. 

    Store in its liner in an airtight tin – it does improve with keeping.

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    Recipe taken from Delia's Cakes, Hodder & Stoughten 2013. © Delia Smith 2013 

    To watch this recipe video, click here

    See also: Delia's Banana and Walnut Loaf

    For more information about Delia's online cookery school go to www.deliaonline.com



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