February 5, 2023

Frugal Bakewell Slice

I love the Bakewell tart flavour but ground almonds are rarely in my budget.  This is a tray bake that is good for packed lunches and tastes just like Bakewell tart but is cheaper to make.
For shortbread
8oz unsalted butter (extra for greasing tin too)
5oz sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
10oz plain flour.
Pinch of salt.
For the sponge
6oz unsalted butter or margerine
6oz sugar
3 eggs
6oz Self Raising flour
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
A few sliced almonds to scatter on top.
1/2 jar raspberry jam
1. Turn oven on 180⁰C.
2. Line a tin about 12″”x8″ x2″ deep with parchment paper and grease.
3.Make the short bread by mixing the butter and sugar together until creamy and pale.
4.Add the vanilla extract and the egg yolk and whisk.
5. Add the flour and salt and stir until it forms a dough.
6. Put the dough (which is very soft) on to a piece of cling film and wrap and put in the fridge for 30mins.
7. After 30 mins break it up and place it in the tin. Using the heel of your hand spread it in an even layer on the bottom of the tin, prick it all with a fork, and then place into the oven for 15 mins.
8. Make the cake by whisking the sugar and the butter together until pale. Add the vanilla and almond essence and eggs gradually. Add the flour and gradually fold in with a spoon.
9. After the short bread has part cooked for 15 mins take it out. Turn the oven down to 160⁰C. Spread the short bread evenly with jam, leaving a little border from the edge.
10. Spread the cake mixture over the top and scatter with almonds.
11. Bake again for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it is golden brown and firm to the touch.
12. Leave it to completely cool in the tin.
13. I said completely cool before you test it Mr S 😊
14. Divide into slices.
This is not the cheapest cake to make but Bakewell is one of my favourites.
I always make meringue kisses with my spare egg whites or whisk them up and fold them in to an omelette to make them fluffy and lighter.

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  1. Katie Naden February 5, 2023 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Hi there does this freeze ok too?

    • ToniG March 13, 2023 at 6:41 am - Reply

      Hi. Sorry I have just seen this comment. I have never frozen it and so I don’t know, sorry. It does not last long in our house x

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