Yes, I'm sorry, it's yet another post about cake, but hopefully you'll get through it with the promise of imminent crafting posts. Although I suppose you could skip this post (go and make some tea, eat a piece of cake perhaps, while you wait for my frantic typing...).
Last summer, when we were in Germany, I bought a packet of instant jam sugar, and I found it in the back of my baking cupboard a couple of weeks ago. Not one to be daunted by best before dates (er... April) I decided to make some raspberry jam. I'm guessing that the packet was a mix of sugar and pectin, because all I had to do was mash the raspberries, add the sugar and stir frantically for 45 seconds (the packet recommended using a hand blender but I was aiming more for raspberry smash than puree), and that was it.
But, you know what? I was disappointed. I had thought that such a fresh jam would really show off the flavour and freshness of the fruit but the acidity seemed to have been completely lost. So no excitedly heaping jam onto freshly buttered bread and stuffing my face like a starved hen then.
What to do with the jam?
Raspberry and coconut cake, that's what.
I made a 3 egg sponge and on a whim, threw in half a packet of dessicated coconut, and then at the very last minute, decided to bake it in a ring tin (which really needs a 5 egg sponge to fill it properly).
Somehow, and I have no idea how I pulled it off, I managed to cut it into three even slices. Really, it's the fist time ever I haven't made a hash of that sort of thing. And I slavered it with the jam and about half a carton of ready whipped cream (which I thought showed remarkable restraint), and that was it.
Mr G was entranced (despite telling me he doesn't like coconut cake), Mr C thought it came from a shop because the slices were so even (ah, ye of little faith...), and now there's less than half left.
Shan't be buying that instant jam mix again, but I'll definitely be making this cake again, perhaps even with the right amount of sponge for the tin. Delish!
And on the subject of delish, thanks Leigh for suggesting a sour cream pound cake with strawberries and cream. It's on the list!