Are you doing something lovely for your Mama this weekend (or indeed hoping to have something lovely done for you?). We’re taking my mum out to lunch at a local pub (very unusual – and difficult – to get all of us together, so it will be very special). The lovelies at Tesco asked me to pick a special bake to share with you all for Mother’s Day. If you fancy it, might I suggest something with blood oranges? They’re in season at the moment and I just think they’re the most gorgeous fruit imaginable. One of nature’s wonders.
Using buttermilk in baking is a surefire way to get a really delicious, tender sponge, plus you get the added pleasure of watching the blood orange juice swirling about in it, which is so pretty. Here’s how I made the loaf:
115g butter (room temperature)
175g caster sugar
125 ml buttermilk
2 blood oranges, juiced
225g self raising flour
First, cream the butter and sugar together until it’s really light and fluffy. Measure out the buttermilk in a jug, and squeeze in the juice of the blood oranges (like the prettiest milkshake), then mix in the eggs as well.
Alternate adding a couple of spoonfuls of the flour to the butter and sugar mixture, with a slosh of the orangey buttermilk until it’s all mixed together, then spoon it into a lined loaf tin.
Bake for about an hour at gas 3/170 degrees. It will be done when there’s no hint of wobble and a toothpick or skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.
I decorated mine with a dribble of icing (made with some more of that lovely juice and a tablespoon of icing sugar) and some pearl sugar, but do whatever you fancy.
Of course if you haven’t yet hunted down your Mother’s Day presents, Tesco have plenty of gorgeous ideas – and of course, they have those beautiful blood oranges – do make sure you get some before it’s too late!