Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
Another from Tessa Kiros' lovely book, "Apples for Jam". I haven't yet tried it, but love using buttermilk and expect it won't be long until I do! Any fresh berries will do - Tessa says frozen ones tend to be a bit too mushy and will collapse.
- 315 g all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 90 g caster sugar
- ground fresh nutmeg, to taste
- 2 eggs
- 250 ml buttermilk
- 60 g butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
- 150 g fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons demerara sugar
- Preheat oven to 200C (400F), and flour a 30 by 20cm cake tin with sides at least 5cm deep.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, and add the sugar and a few good grinds of nutmeg.
- in another bowl, whisk the eggs until light and fluffy, then add the buttermilk, butter and lemon zest and beat together well.
- Pour into dry ingredients and mix gently with a wooden spoon until just combined (over-beating will toughen the cake).
- Spoon mixture into the tin, spreading it out evenly. Scatter the blueberries over the mixture, then sprinkle these with the demerara sugar.
- Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into squares.
- This keeps well in a biscuit tin for up to a week.