I know….I can´t believe it, I’ve discovered the Spone! – quite by accident, mainly due to not concentrating, not wearing my glasses and talking on the phone. It´s the Sponge cake and Scone. I would have called it the ´sconge´, until I googled the word and had quite a fright…urban dictionary has 6 definitions for the word ´sconge´, none of them being appropriate….at…all.
Perfect for afternoon tea, as light as a sponge cake but with the bite of a scone. I added a huge dollop of my homemade orange and campari marmalade (you can find my recipe here) to the mixture and a handful of sultanas that have been sitting in my cupboard for a few months (okay, more than a year!) along with a liberal sprinkling of cinnamon.
I´m not a cake maker, so I don´t have the tins to make a full size sponge, so after throwing the contents of my kitchen cupboards on the floor, I found x2 silicone mini tart cases and x2 mini springform cake tins both 11-12cm wide.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 175g plain flour
- 1 heaped tsp baking powder
- 40g butter
- 45g sugar
- 1 egg
- 150ml milk
- massive dollop of orange marmalade
- 1 dessertspoon of cinnamon
- handful of dried sultanas
HOW TO MAKE:
1. Sift the plain flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar into a large bowl.
2. Chop the butter into cubes, put the butter into the bowl with the flour etc and continue to chop the butter into smaller pieces with a knife.
3. With cold hands (run them under the cold water tap for a few minutes) rub the butter, only using your fingers into the flour until you have the consistency of a light breadcrumb
4. Add a big dollop of shredded orange marmalade and the sultanas to the mixture and mix well with a knife.
5. Beat and egg into 150ml of cold milk and add it all to the mixture and mix well.
6. Pour into cake tins.
7. Cook for 12-15 minutes on 220c in the top half of the oven. remove when the top of golden and the mixture has risen.
8. Cool on a wire rack before adding filling. I made a simple buttercream with butter, icing sugar and a dash of lime juice, but you can serve warm with butter and jam also.
Not as big as sponge, not as small as a scone. Enjoy.
a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new – Albert Einstein