As an alternative to those who do not enjoy fruits and nuts, here is the recipe for a Christmas Tunis Cake which I made on tv this week based on Mary Berry’s recipe.  This cake intrigues me because there is apparently no association with Tunis but it was very popular in the UK in the 70’s and commerically produced by McVities.  I have made it in the past using spelt flour and mascarpone but revert here to the more traditional buttery recipe.

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I use buttermilk for my chocolate ganache.  It is a miracle ingredient.  Result is an amazing flavor and texture’

You will need:

230g softened butter
230g caster sugar [I use 115g Half Spoon instead]
230g self-raising flour
70g ground almonds
4 eggs
finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
a pinch of salt
some vanilla

For the topping

200ml buttermilk
400g plain chocolate, broken into small pieces

For the ganache topping: 300ml double cream and 400g chocolate

Preheat the oven to 160 C.  Grease and line a 20cm loose bottom cake tin with baking paper.

Sieve the self raising flour twice. Add the salt and almonds, vanilla and grated lemon zest.

Cream the butter using an electric mixer until it is really creamy. Add the sugar and carry on beating until the mixture is whitish and appears creamy and consistent. Add the eggs and carry on beating.  Then add all the other ingredients by fold in gently using a large metal spoon.

Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes. During the last 10 minutes lower the heat to 150C. Leave to cool completely in the cake tin before preparing the topping.

For the ganache:
Gently heat the buttermilk and remove from heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted and the mixture is consistent. Allow to cool a little but while it is still warm pour the chocolate mixture over the cooled cake in the tin.

Just before serving remove the cake from the tin and carefully peel off the parchment paper so that you get a clean line between the cake and the chocolate layer.

Trade Enquiries:
McDougalls Flour, Saxa Salt by Premier Foods at George Borg Ltd
Buttermilk at Quality Foods
Fry Light Cooking Spray Rimus Group
Half Spoon Sugar by Silver Spoon at Borg & Aquilina
Spices, vanilla, almonds and other baking products by Good Earth Distributors Ltd
Prestige non Stick Cake Tin 21 cm Telephone 79415384
Christmas accessories The Christmas Shop




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