Saturday, 20 September 2014
'School Dinner' Jam and Coconut Sponge
I loved school dinners mainly because they were so much nicer than the meals I had at home. Sadly I can honestly state, without any fear of contradiction, that my mother never managed to serve up an edible meal in her life; you know the sort of thing…if the veg are still recognisable they haven’t been boiled for long enough. Gravy…? One lump or two?
Anyway, Mr S-V said his school dinners weren’t particularly memorable but then he went all dewy eyed about a jam and coconut sponge he used to have for pudding. I was tasked with recreating this culinary masterpiece and by all accounts I did a pretty good job. *polishes halo*
Himself is a very happy chappie and I am now officially a domestic goddess. As I’ve said before…he’s easily pleased.
170g unsalted butter
170g caster sugar
170g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp strawberry jam
50g desiccated coconut
Line a 16cm x 24cm baking tin with baking parchment. Turn the oven on to 180C.
Cream the butter and sugar together with a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Fold in the flour and the vanilla extract. Scoop into the lined tin, level the top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.
Cut into squares and serve with custard. Lots of custard. Also good served as cake with a decent cuppa.