Spelt, Walnut and Plum cake
- * 150g Butter
- * 150g Light soft brown sugar
- * 3 Medium eggs
- * 120g White spelt flour (I used Doves Farm organic flour, available from Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK, you can substitute with plain flour if you can't find any spelt although it won't be quite the same)
- * 75g Ground almonds
- * 2tsp Baking powder
- * 9-10 Plums halved and stoned
- * 70g Walnut pieces
- * Apricot baking glaze or smooth apricot jam
- * 30g Dark chocolate (I used Green and Blacks cooks chocolate)
Grease and line a 22cm square cake tin with a removable base and preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180C.
In a mixing bowl or in an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then one at a time beat in the eggs until everything is smooth and well combined.
Next sift in the flour and baking powder and add the ground almonds and half of the walnuts, fold everything together gently. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and smooth down the surface with a spatula. Lay the plum halves on top, place them close together as they will shrink during cooking and you want to be sure there is plum in every slice, scatter the remaining walnut halves over.
Bake for 45-60 minutes, it's done when it feels firm to the touch. Leave the cake to cool on a rack before removing from the tin. Spread the apricot glaze over the top of the cake, be quite generous with it. Melt the chocolate in a bowl placed over some warm water then drizzle over the top. Once the chocolate has set the cake is ready.