Think bakewell tart, but better.
Rainy days mean baking days, no?
Our car has been sitting in the car park at our local garage waiting to be looked at for over a week now – the little circle on the dashboard with the exclamation point is staying illuminated while driving and the last time I drove a vehicle and ignored that light I cracked the cylinder in two and we needed to get a new car – oops. Lesson learned!
Our village garage is understaffed as the oil and gas plant up here attracts all the mechanics with better pay. Small businesses can’t compete with them so they’ve lost workers and their workload is high. Still, loyalty means I won’t take the car elsewhere so we just have to sit and wait until they get a chance to look at it.
It also means we’re stuck in the village for the foreseeable future.
Yesterday was the last day of the school summer holiday.
We were stuck indoors.
I also made a slow cooker roast beef with all the trimmings, a loaf of fresh bread (as all three children have decided they want packed lunches this term) and I pottered about and tidied the house. It was a rather uneventful day, but there was cake, cake made with free range Shetland-grown eggs given to my husband by one of his customers, which was really nice. The vibrant colour of those yolks – it’s just something you don’t get in a supermarket egg. The colour of those yolks shines through in the colour of the sponge layer of these squares.
I’m going through a ‘use everything up in the cupboard before you buy new stuff’ cooking phase, and this recipe was borne out of that. A bag of cherries in syrup was best before the day before, and loads of tail ends of bags were cluttering up space, so inspired by this recipe, I baked a batch of Cherry & Almond Crumble Cake Squares.
They are so good!
A shortbread base is topped with a layer of cherry jam (or in my case, the last four tablespoons out of the bottom of a jar of mixed fruit jam) before having a ground almond cake batter dropped all over it. The soft golden batter is sprinkled with a layer of cherries and then finished off with a knobbly almond and cinnamon crumble topping and baked for an hour or so until a skewer, inserted in the centre, comes out clean.
Just the perfect bake for a rainy day.
OTHER CRUMBLE CAKE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE
Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake by Little Sunny Kitchen
Blueberry Cheesecake Crumb Cake by Supergolden Bakes
Rhubarb & Maple Syrup Crumble Muffins by Lancashire Food
Raspberry & Apple Crumble Cake by Foodiequine