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Gluten Free Simnel Traybake

Makes 1 traybake

Find all the seasonal flavours in this simple Easter traybake. The number of marzipan balls on Simnel cake is traditionally eleven. For other Easter baking ideas see our Gluten Free Vegan Simnel Cake or Gluten Free Easter Biscuits.

Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat
Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • CAKE
  • 175g FREEE Self Raising White Flour
  • 1 tsp FREEE Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 150g mixed dried fruits
  • butter, for tin
  • DECORATION
  • 200g marzipan
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25g flaked almonds

Cake

  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Rub some butter around the inside of a 20x30cm/8x10” traybake tin or insert a baking liner.
  3. Put the flour, xanthan gum and mixed spice into a bowl and stir to combine.
  4. Measure the caster sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
  5. Break one egg into the bowl and beat to incorporate.
  6. Add the ground almonds and stir.
  7. Break the remaining eggs into the bowl one at a time beating well between each one.
  8. Tip in the prepared flour and stir to incorporate.
  9. Stir in the mixed dried fruit.
  10. Spoon the mixture into the prepared traybake tin and smooth the surface.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes.

Decoration

  1. Cut the marzipan into 11 equal pieces and roll them into balls.
  2. Put the marzipan balls under a hot grill for a few minutes to lightly brown the tops. Remove and leave to cool.
  3. Toast the flaked almonds under the grill for two minutes until light golden brown.
  4. Put the icing sugar into a bowl, add the lemon juice and stir into a smooth icing.
  5. Spread the icing thinly over the cold traybake.
  6. Before the icing sets, place the marzipan balls randomly onto the traybake and scatter over the toasted almonds.
  7. Slice the traybake and store in a tin.

Equipment

electric beaters, 20x30cm/8x10” traybake tin and 2 x mixing bowls

Temperature

170°C, Fan 150°C, 325°F, Gas 3

Cooking time

30 minutes
Very successful tray bake. If you like marzipan, this is for you! I added pine nuts and toasted almonds to the mix, which also worked well.
By GJG
22 Apr 2020

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Ingredients

Change Quantities:
  • CAKE
  • 175g FREEE Self Raising White Flour
  • 1 tsp FREEE Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 150g mixed dried fruits
  • butter, for tin
  • DECORATION
  • 200g marzipan
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25g flaked almonds

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