Gluten and dairy free almond cake with poached plums recipe

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  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Low-fat
serves: 12

Nutrition per portion

Calories 363 kCal 18%
Fat 21g 30%
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    • For the pud
    • 175g (6oz) dairy-free spread
    • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
    • 175g (6oz) ground almonds
    • 1tsp vanilla extract, optional
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 2 small lemons, grated rind, and 3tbsp juice
    • 90g (3oz) fine cornmeal (polenta)
    • 1tsp gluten-free baking powder
    • For the plum compote
    • 150ml (¼ pint) port or red wine
    • 4tbsp cranberry or redcurrant jelly
    • 1 orange, grated rind of ½ and 100ml (3½ fl oz) juice
    • 500g (1lb) plums (6-8 plums), halved
    • 20cm (8in), loose-based deepish cake tin, greased and lined


    • Set the oven to warm, 160°C (325°F, gas mark 3)

    • To make the pud: Cream the fat and sugar in a bowl until light and creamy. Stir in the ground almonds and vanilla, if using.

    • Add the eggs, in small batches, beating well. Stir in the lemon rind and juice, cornmeal and baking powder. Pour into the tin and bake for 45-50 mins until the top is golden and a skewer, when inserted in the centre, comes out clean.

    • Leave in the tin for 10 mins, then remove and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold with the plums.

    • To make the poached plums: Pour the wine into a pan large enough to take the halved plums in one layer. Boil wine until reduced by half; it doesn’t take long. Add the jelly, stir gently until dissolved; add the orange rind and juice.

    • Pack the plums in, cut side up and let the syrup boil up and over the fruit, then poach them gently until tender (5-10 mins) depending on how ripe the plums are.

    • Spoon the fruit, with a draining spoon, into a bowl. Boil the wine sauce until it becomes a thickish syrup then pour it over the plums. Cut the cake into slices and serve with a plum half and some syrup, and (dairy-free) cream.

    Top tip for making Gluten and dairy free almond cake with poached plums

    Keep an eye on the temperature of your syrup when poaching - keep it just below a simmer.

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