At the end of last week I was making some simple fairy sponge cakes for a friend who liked them made with sultanas in them, but I had run out of sultanas.
I looked around my kitchen shelves for something else I could put in them, to add interest and for it not to be just plain sponge...
The best I could find that the friend also liked was walnuts !
So - here is my walnut fairy cake recipe, which I'm including here as they turned out to be really yummy and nutty. Nothing fancy, no icing etc, just yummy cake in small portions.
Simple Walnut Fairy Sponge Cakes
4 ozs Butter
4 ozs Self Raising Flour
4 ozs Castor Sugar
3 ozs Walnuts (very finely chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon heaped of Baking Powder
1. Put the butter and the sugar into a bowl and beat them together until the mix is creamy, soft and almost fluffy.
2. Beat the 2 eggs well in a mug or a cup.
3. Add the eggs to the mix, just a little at a time with a tablespoon of the flour each time. Beat them into the mixture. You add the flour to ensure that the eggs and the mix don't curdle.
4. Add the remaining flour, the baking powder, the vanilla extract and the chopped walnuts and fold them gently into the mixture.
5. Place small paper cake cases into the holes in a muffin tin, or if you only have baking trays, spread them out on the tray.
6. Put a large teaspoon of the mixture into each paper cake case.
7. Cook in a pre heated oven at 190C for just 10 to 15 minutes. Don't let them get too brown, so you may need to watch them.
You can cool them on wires racks... if you can wait that long !