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Cherry & Amaretti Crumble Cake by John Whaite

Celebrity recipe

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About the bake

This is John Whaite's version of a classic cherry and almond cake. John says he always uses dark cherries soaked in kirsch because their flavour is intense and boozy. When he drains the cherries he keeps back the syrup to add a sweet kick to his coffees. The crumble topping adds another almond dimension in the form of crunchy amaretti and flaked nuts. Serve this with a dollop of tangy crème fraîche.
Taken from Comfort by John Whaite, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.

1Total Time
20Prep Time
40Bake Time
10Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin and line the base with baking paper.

  2. Step 2:

    For the cake, cream the butter, sugar, almond extract and lemon zest until lighter in texture and paler in colour. Add the eggs and soured cream and beat until smooth – don’t worry if it curdles – then add the flour and salt and fold together until you have a smooth batter. Scrape the batter into the cake tin and level off.

  3. Step 3:

    For the crumble, rub together the flour and butter until you have a breadcrumb consistency, then toss through the sugar, biscuits and almonds.

  4. Step 4:

    Scatter the cherries over the cake batter, as evenly as possible, and top with the crumble topping mixture.

  5. Step 5:

    Bake the cake in the oven for 35–40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean (Apart from the red juice of the cherries). Leave to cool completely, then transfer from the tin to a cake stand or plate to serve.

Ingredients

  • For the Cake

    • 175g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 175g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 1 tsp Almond extract
    • 1 Lemon zest (unwaxed)
    • 2 Eggs (large)
    • 100g Soured cream
    • 175g Self-raising white flour
    • 1/2 tsp Fine sea salt
  • For the Crumble

    • 150g Self-raising white flour
    • 100g Unsalted butter (cold, cubed)
    • 75g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 75g Amaretti biscuits (crushed)
    • 40g Flaked almonds
  • For The Cherry Layer

    • 250g Cherries soaked in kirsch

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