Cherry Bakewell sponge pud­ding

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Trans­form a clas­sic bake into a warm­ing pud the whole fam­ily will love. Serve with cus­tard.

Serves 6- 8 Prep 20 mins Cook 1 hr

2 x 425g cans pit­ted black cher­ries,

in syrup 6 tbsp cherry jam 200g but­ter, soft­ened 200g golden caster sugar 3 large eggs 50g self-rais­ing flour 140g ground al­monds 1 tsp al­mond ex­tract 50g flaked al­monds ic­ing sugar, for dust­ing cream or cus­tard, to serve

1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the syrup from the cher­ries and the jam into a saucepan. Boil for 10-15 mins un­til the liq­uid has re­duced by half and is thick and syrupy, then add the cher­ries to the pan. Pour into a bak­ing dish, roughly 18 x 25cm, then set aside. 2 In a large bowl, mix the but­ter, sugar, eggs, flour, al­monds, al­mond ex­tract and a pinch of salt with an elec­tric whisk un­til com­bined. Dol­lop the sponge mixture over the cher­ries and spread to a smooth layer, try­ing not to dis­turb the cher­ries un­der­neath too much. Scat­ter over the flaked al­monds, then bake for 45 mins un­til a skewer in­serted into the sponge layer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 mins, then serve with cus­tard. PER SERV­ING (8) 549 kcals, fat 36g, sat­u­rates 15g, carbs 48g, sug­ars 43g, fi­bre 1g, pro­tein 8g, salt 0.6g

1 But­ter a 1-litre pud­ding basin. In a small bowl, mix the syrup with the bread­crumbs and brandy, if us­ing, then tip into the basin. 2 Beat the but­ter with the sugar and zest un­til light and fluffy, then add the eggs grad­u­ally. Fold in the flour, then fi­nally add the milk. 3 Spoon the mix into the pud­ding basin. Cover with a dou­ble layer of but­tered foil and bak­ing pa­per (see tip below). Place in a large pan with gen­tly sim­mer­ing wa­ter half­way up the sides of the basin. Steam for 1½ hrs. Turn out onto a serv­ing dish. Serve with lash­ings of clot­ted cream and ex­tra golden syrup driz­zled over if you wish. PER SERV­ING 763 kcals, fat 43g, sat­u­rates 25g, carbs 90g, sug­ars 56g, fi­bre 1g, pro­tein 10g, salt 0.7g

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