Perfect Syrup Sponge (easy, easy, easy!!)

>> Monday, 23 August 2010

Recently I had a little operation. Not very serious, but the sort of thing that makes you feel a little sorry-for-yourself and allowably self-indulgent for about 2 days.

However, cooking stops for no cause and it is the perfect medicine to get through such times.

What better way to sooth the soul than with sweet, syrupy sponge?

I’ve always veered away from syrup sponge, believing steaming and pudding basins were required (equals too much effort and high chance of failure). However, I need fear no more because this is the perfect, easiest recipe for syrup sponge ever!

Should my friends ever be in need of comfort, I will come to the rescue (in approximately 35 mins) with this warm, bowl of joy at the ready.

This recipe will be stored in my memory bank for such occasions – definitely one worth trying even for the most under confident!

It's not the daintiest of cakes - but really I think that would spoil it's wholesomeness. That said, you could make this in individual pudding basins should you wish to serve more impressively. I intend to treble the recipe and make one big one in the winter, with 6 friends and a giant spoon to fight over!

A Perfectly Easy Syrup Sponge

Ingredients (serves 2 generously)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 50g butter
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g self-raising flour

Step 1: Preheat oven to 160c/GM 4

Step 2: Pour syrup into serving dish (I used a oven proof bowl)

Step 3: Cream butter and sugar

Step 4: Mix egg and vanilla into butter mixture

Step 5: Add flour and mix to combine

Step 6: Gently pour over the syrup

Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes until golden

Step 8: Serve with cream/ice cream/custard at once!

Indulge soon!
Helen x

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