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Recipe – Rhubarb crumble cake.

The weather is finally starting to feel warmer, the last few days have been positively summer! Its great to see things spring into life in the garden. The rhubarb has gone from non existent to a huge plant in only a couple of weeks. I decided to bake a rhubarb crumble cake for my class members this week. Its a recipe I discovered on BBC Good food website. This is my go to site if I need a recipe for a specific ingredient. This one is really easy and works well especially for those who prefer cakes that are not super sweet.

Ingredients:

250g butter softened

250g golden caster sugar plus 1 tbsp

2 tsp vanilla extract

5 large eggs

300g plain flour, plus 7 tbsp

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

300g rhubarb, washed, trimmed and finely sliced.

How to make:

  1. Heat oven to 160c/140c fan/gas 3 and grease and line the base and sides of a deep 20cm round cake tin with a little of the butter and baking parchment. Put the butter, 250g sugar and vanilla into a big mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy with an electric whisk.
  2. Beat in the eggs, one by one, then fold in the 300g flour and baking powder. Spoon out 85g of the batter and stir the extra 7 tbsps flour and cinnamon into this with a cutlery knife so it becomes crumbly.
  3. Fold the rhubarb into the rest of the cake batter and scrape into the prepared tin. Scatter over the crumble mix followed by 1 tbsp sugar. Bake for 1 hr 15 mins, until a skewer poked in comes out clean – you’ll need to lay a sheet of foil on the top after an hour if the cake is browning to much. Cool for 15 mins, then finish on a wire rack.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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