for family meals :
recipe for Easter Simnel Cake comes from Salamander
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A delicious and straightforward family supper which
children will love.
for Easter Simnel Cake
50g mixed peel
juice of 1 lemon (optional
50 ml brandy (optional)
50 ml orange juice (optional)
225g soft butter
225g light muscovado sugar
225g self-raising flour
100g glace cherries, rinsed in hot water, dried and
grated rind of 2 lemons
2 tsp mixed spice
to make Easter Simnel Cake
days before you intend to make the cake place the
sultanas, currants and mixed peel in a bowl with the
lemon juice, brandy and orange juice, mixing it well
and leaving to one side for the fruit to soak up the
liquid. This will produce a much moister cake when
baked, but can be omitted.
the oven to 150°C / Gas 2.
the base and sides of a 20cm deep round tin with silicone
the rest of the cake ingredients in with the fruit
and beat well until thoroughly mixed.
half of this mixture in the bottom of the cake tin
and level it off so that it is as flat as possible.
the marzipan into three equal parts and roll out one
piece into a circle 20cm diameter, and put it on the
top of the cake mixture.
spoon on the rest of the mixture, levelling the surface
for approximately 2½ hours until brown, well
risen and firm to touch.
to cool for 15 mins and then turn out to cool on a
the cake is cool, warm up the apricot jam in a small
saucepan and brush the top of the cake with it.
out half of the remaining marzipan to the size of
the top of the cake. Press it down firmly and push
the edges down with your thumb to crimp it round the
the rest of the marzipan into eleven balls to represent
the Apostles, without Judas. Brush the top of the
marzipan with the beaten egg and place the balls evenly
around the outside, brushing the tops of the balls
the whole cake under a hot grill until the marzipan
turns a light golden colour.
1 x 20cm cake