Blueberry & Cardamon Pound Cake with Lemon Curd

SERVES 8

For the Syrup
Toast the cardamom in a hot pan for approximately 1 minute shaking all the time until they pop. When cool, open the pods, remove the seeds and put them in a pan adding the water, lemon zest and juice and caster sugar. Bring to the boil and simmer to 5 minutes then set aside to cool. After 10 minutes, add the blueberries to the syrup and gently mix together for two minutes. Leave the fruit to infuse for 2 minutes, then strain them reserving the blueberries and syrup separately.

Grease the loaf tin with butter and line with greaseproof paper.

To make the Cake
Bring the butter to room temperature or put it in an 800W microwave for 15 seconds. Add the sugar to the butter, mix together for 2-3 minutes, add the zest and the juice of the orange and beat for approximately 1 minute until the mixture is slightly lighter.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs until the yolks are just broken up. Gradually add small amounts of egg and flour to the mixture until it is all used– take your time to prevent curdling the mixture.

Put the blueberries in the bottom of the greased tin, cover with the cake mix and even out the surface of

the mixture. Cover the top of the tin with kitchen foil allowing enough foil for the cake to rise (approximately 2”). Puncture the foil in one place with a sharp knife to allow the steam to escape.

Cook the cake in the middle of the oven for approximately 40 minutes, test with a skewer, if it is clean of mixture the cake is ready, if not put back into the oven for another 5 minutes and re-test.

Remove the foil completely, cover the cake with the cardamom syrup until it is all absorbed. Leave the cake in the tin until it has cooled to room temperature, turn out onto a wire rack and serve with Rosebud Lemon Curd.

INGREDIENTS

You will need a 1lb loaf tin, lined with
greaseproof paper

For the Caramom Syrup
10g cardamom pods
150ml water
1 lemon – zest and juice
150g caster sugar
125g fresh blueberries

For the Cake
250g unsalted butter
250g light muscavado sugar
1 orange - zest finely grated

For the Cake
3 medium sized eggs
250g self raising flour – not sieved

For Serving
Rosebud Preserves Lemon Curd

LAST CHRISTMAS ORDERS DECEMBER 16th.
Any orders placed after this date will not be dealt with until January 3rd.