Friday, July 9, 2010

Stone Fruit Tea Cake


When I saw this beautiful cake from Gertrude's blog I knew I had to make it one day. When I was in Jusco last Monday , I saw there were lots of fresh strawberries and blueberries selling for RM9.90 per tub, I straight away bought a tub each.   Claire and her kids and my Piggy Cuz...they will be my tasters...yup they are the blessed ones * wink  ( hopefully they won't blame me for making them grow sideways )  Sure enough, the cake turned out exactly how it was described by Gertrude.  It was addictive and none had enough....it was good and I got a call from Piggy Cuz, telling me that one of her aunt tasted it and said it was good....that phone call made me happy. See, when you share something good and in return I get back some happiness money cannot buy.  It is always a joy to share what is good and I want to sincerely thank Gertrude for her generous sharing :) Love you Gert and I look forward to more sharing from you so that I can feed my Piggies with cakes that can't be bought over the counters :)))


I used only fresh mango, strawberries and blueberries with a little more than required lemon zest. I heart lemon zest in cakes coz it is so refreshing and the natural fragrance of lemon exuding out as it is being baked in the oven....lovely fragrant and true to what she said , it is a between a tart and a cake. Very addictive, moist inside and crispy on the outside top....needless to say the wonderful bite of fresh fruits...mmmMmm my famous word ' HEAVENLY' :)  People asked why it is called stone fruit cake....because it uses stone fruits :)


beautiful colors that creates beautiful fruitty taste to the cake


this combination of colors make me happy...yumm yummm


one for me and Piggy Cuz and one for Claire and her kids :)


the last touch with the second load of dough , placed on 
top of the fruits 


the finish product.....after taking it out of the tart pan


the inside is moist and delicious , with a slight crunch on the top
when eaten hot :)



Stone Fruit Tea Cake - taken from Gertrude's blog


Ingredients:





1 tbsp butter (for greasing pan)
150gm all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
100gm sugar
80gm butter
1 + 1/2 eggs (I used 2 eggs)
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp brown sugar
4 fresh apricots - removed the stones and cut small
1 cup blueberries
1 cup cherries - halve and removed stones

Method:


1.Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. With a mixer, cream the sugar and butter together on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition, then stir in the orange zest and vanilla.

2. Add the flour in 2 or three shifts, mixing just until a smooth dough forms. It will be pretty soft still. Dollop it out onto two pieces of plastic wrap, making one mound of dough slightly larger than the other. Wrap the dough blobs in the plastic and form them into flat discs. Place on a baking sheet and stick them in the freezer for 30 minutes. While waiting, prepare and cut your fruits.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Butter a shallow, 8-inch baking dish or tart pan. Take the slightly bigger parcel of dough and press it down onto the bottom of the pan. Scatter the fruit over the dough. Break the second disc of dough into tsp size balls and scatter them over the fruit.

4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly golden and firm. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.


Enjoy !



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9 comments:

  1. I've also bookmarked this when I saw it in My Kitchen Snippets! So pretty, going to JJ now!

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  2. I hate myself!!! It's winter now and I can't seem to find cheap berries around. I might just have to make these in small quantities! They really look so good Elin, the blueberries all bursting its juicy goodness into the cake like that!!!!

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  3. Yeap, really tempting I'll have to say. I love baking with fresh fruits. Yummm....
    Kristy

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  4. Thank you for sharing with me! When are you baking this again eh? *Wink wink* Every bite was absolute bliss! Hahahaha! LOVED it!

    Piggy Cuz

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  5. This cake taste better the next day. Great idea in using mango. I will use that the next time I bake this. I just love your fruits combinations and look at the vibrant colors :)

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  6. Cheah...glad you have tried this out. When u bake this the next time..make sure the fruit is not that sour or it will spoil the taste of the cake. I will normally buy those from US..bigger n sweeter :)

    Quinn...oh u must try this..great cake!

    Kristy...yup taste good too :)

    Piggy Cuz...thanks for being the guinea piggy...hahaha but lucky it was a great one. I love it myself . Will bake again when there is blueberries around :p

    Gertrude...yup it taste better the next day. I love this cake and will bake again. Thanks for sharing this :))

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  7. The colours look so gorgeous. Such a pretty cake. And yum yum I wish I had a cake mixer here ... berries are cheap now since it's summer here. Sigh.. perhaps next time :P

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  8. Jo ,now u eat as fresh fruits first...eat as much as you want especially blueberries and blackberries and also cherries if you can get them. Back home it costs a bomb :(

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  9. The cake looks so pretty, yellow, red and blue.

    But sorry, there isn't any bit of stone fruit in it. Just like an apple cake w/o apples.
    May I suggest you rename it, as some may do it like you did with strawberries, mango and blueberries and pass the cake to great distances in the blogging world with the same name but no stone fruit content.

    The source where I took this recipe from actually renamed her cake to blueberry and apricot cake, simply because it wasn't a full stone fruit cake.

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