Plum, blackberry and bay friand bake (SIMPLE, pg 274)

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Serves six, generously


200g blackberries


4 ripe plums, stones removed, cut into 1cm wide wedges (360g)


1 tsp vanilla extract


60g caster sugar


3 fresh bay leaves


1 tsp ground cinnamon


60g plain flour


200g icing sugar, sifted


120g ground almonds


1/8 tsp salt


150g egg whites (from 4–5 large eggs)


180g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled


Method

1.    Place the blackberries and plums in a bowl with the vanilla extract, sugar, bay leaves and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside for 30 minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave them sitting around for longer than this, as the fruit will become too juicy.

2.    Preheat the oven to 190°C fan.

3.    Mix the flour, icing sugar, ground almonds, the remaining ½ teaspoon cinnamon and salt in a separate large bowl. Set aside.

4.    Lightly whisk the egg whites by hand for 30 seconds, so they just start to froth. Stir into the flour mixture, along with the melted butter, until combined.

5.    Tip the batter into a 20 x 30cm parchment-lined baking dish and top evenly with the fruit and juices. Bake for 40 minutes, covering the dish with foil for the final 10 minutes, until the batter is golden-brown and the fruit is bubbling. Set aside for 10 minutes before serving.

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