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Peach and almond cakes

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I have been on holiday in Crete for the last couple of weeks, which I have spent mainly on the beach or by the pool! However, I did manage to try some Cretan specialties, two of which; honey and peaches, are featured in this recipe.

While I was away, we also went to a Greek supermarket, which was amazing; selling everything from rosemary and olive oil Pringles (the best flavour!), to ‘Angry Birds’ UNO cards, and everything in between! I managed to find some mini star shaped cake tins, which were so cute I just had to buy them… and use in this recipe.

Beautiful star tins!

 

125g butter

125g caster sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp almond extract

1 ½ eggs – I do this by cracking the second egg into a separate bowl, and weighing it. I then give it a mix to combine white and yolk, and then weigh half into the cake-mix bowl.

25g plain flour

140g ground almonds

1tsp baking powder

1 large peach, cut into thin slices

Drizzle of honey

4 small cake tins, preferably star shaped!

  1. Grease and flour the cake tins, and set aside, then pre-heat the oven to 180°.
  2. Cream butter and sugar, and add the extracts.
  3. Add the eggs, and mix well.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and ground almonds, and fold in.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the tins and smooth down.
  6. Add 5 peach slices to each tin – I put 1 in each point of the star.
  7. Drizzle with honey, and cook for 25 minutes.
  8. When cooked, and firm to the touch, take them out and leave to cool for 10 mins.
  9. Tip out of the tins and enjoy with another drizzle of honey.
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