- 250g self-raising flour
- 175g butter
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- 175g light muscovado sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
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- 2 rounded tbsp demerara sugar
- 1 small eating apple, such as Cox’s, quartered (not cored or peeled)
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- 2 large egg, beaten
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- 1 orange, finely grated zest
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- 1 tsp baking powder
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- 225g blackberry
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Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Butter and line the bottom of a 1.7 litre loaf tin (see tip below). In a large bowl, rub the flour, butter and muscovado sugar together with your fingers to make fine crumbs. Measure out 5 level tbsp of this mixture into a small bowl for the topping, and mix in to it the cinnamon and demerara sugar. Set aside.
Coarsely grate the apple down to the core and mix in with the eggs and the zest. Stir the baking powder into the rubbed-in mixture in the large bowl, then quickly and lightly stir in the egg mixture until it drops lightly from the spoon. Don’t overmix.
Gently fold in three quarters of the berries with a metal spoon, trying not to break them up. Spoon into the tin and level. Scatter the rest of the berries on top. Sprinkle over the topping and bake for 1¼ -1 hour 20 minutes. Check after 50 minutes and cover loosely with foil if it is browning too much. When done the cake will feel firm, but test with a skewer.
Leave in the tin for 30 minutes before turning out, then cool on a wire rack. Peel off the paper before cutting. Will keep wrapped in foil or in a tin for up to 2 days.
Watching the time
A 9x20x13cm loaf tin is ideal, but if yours is shallower, the cake may cook faster, so test after an hour.
Using seasonal fruit
You could also use raspberries and tayberries, when they're in season.