Gu's Cherry Loaf Cake / by Delme Thomas


Gu (sounds like ghee) is short for Mamgu, which is grandmother in Welsh. This cake is one of her recipes. It's one of those classic cakes that you taste, and it throws you straight back to your childhood. It's an old recipe, handwritten in a lovely book of baking recipes that I borrowed a few months back. I slightly adapted the recipe from using margarine to butter, from ounces to grams (hence the random quantity of ground almonds needed!) and also this cake would have been cooked in an Agar - so I had no temperature for cooking. I cooked it how I would cook a Madeira loaf cake, and that seemed to work out fine!

You will need:

170g margarine/butter at room temperature, 170g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 170g flour, 57g ground almonds, 170g glace cherries.
Preheat the oven to 150°C - Grease and line an 8" loaf tin - Cream together the butter & sugar - Add the eggs one at a time, beating a little in between each addition - Add the flour and almonds and beat until well combined - Halve the cherries, toss them in flour to stop them sinking in the mix and then stir into the batter - Put the mix into the loaf tin and bake for 1-1 1/4 hours until golden and a skewer comes out clean. 
Leave the cake in its tin for 10 minutes, then remove it and let it cool.

The cake is good to go as is, but I decorated mine a little with a drizzle of honey and some chopped pistachios. This is a lovely tea-cake, or a little snack to have when you want to feel that old home-comfort feeling. Give it a go and let me know what you think - Gu will be thrilled to hear her recipe is an online hit! ^_^