Blackberry baba with spiced cream
- Preparation and cooking time
- plus proving
- More effort
- Serves 10 - 12
Take a fruity sponge cake to the next level with this fabulous blackberry baba. It makes the perfect centerpiece dessert for any dinner table
For the dough
For the syrup
- 200ml of your favourite spirit, poire Williams (pear brandy) works well but so does dark rum, brandy or calvados
- 200g caster sugar
For the compote
For the mace cream
- STEP 1
Tip all the ingredients for the dough, and a large pinch of salt, into the bowl of a tabletop mixer with a dough hook attachment. Mix on high for 6-8 mins until the butter is fully incorporated and the texture is like a loose batter. Remove the bowl from the machine, cover with cling film and leave to prove for 30 mins or until doubled in size.
- STEP 2
Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3½ and butter a large bundt tin. Spoon the mixture into the tin and leave for around 30 mins or until the mix has risen to two-thirds of the way up. Bake for 30 mins or until it’s lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
- STEP 3
While the cake is baking, make the syrup. Put the brandy, sugar and 200ml water in a saucepan and boil for 5 mins until you have a thin syrup. When the cake is cool, carefully return it to the tin, then drizzle the hot liquid over the cake and leave it to soak in for 10-15 mins.
- STEP 4
For the compote, put the berries, sugar and brandy in a saucepan, stir over a medium heat until the berries start to release their juices, around 3 mins, then remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool.
- STEP 5
Whisk the cream, sugar and mace together until it forms soft peaks. To serve, place the soaked sponge on a large plate and spoon most of the berries into the middle. Top with the cream and the remaining berries before bringing to the the table and slicing.