Orange Marmalade Gateau Recipe

Orange Marmalade Gateau Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

For the cake:
200 ml/7fl oz/scant 1 cup water
25 g/1 oz/2 tbsp butter or margarine
4 eggs, lightly beaten
300 g/11 oz caster (superfine) sugar
5 ml/1 tsp vanilla essence (extract)

300 g/11 oz plain (all-purpose) flour

10 ml/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
For the filling:
30 ml/2 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour

30 ml/2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

15 ml/1 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar

2 eggs, separated
450 ml milk
5 ml/1 tsp vanilla essence (extract)

120 ml/4 fl oz sweet sherry

175 g/6 oz orange marmalade

120 ml/4 fl oz double (heavy) cream
100g/4 oz peanut brittle, crushed

Method:

To make the cake, bring the water to the boil with the butter or margarine. Beat together the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy, then continue to beat until the mixture is very light. Beat in the vanilla essence, sprinkle with flour, baking powder and salt and pour in the boiling butter and water mixture. Mix together just until blended. Spoon into two greased and floured 23 cm/9 in sandwich tins (pans) and bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 25 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tins for 3 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cut each cake in half horizontally.


To make the filling, mix together the flour, cornflour, sugar and egg yolks to a paste with a little of the milk. Bring the remaining milk to the boil in a pan, then pour it into the mixture and whisk until smooth. Return to the rinsed-out pan and bring to the boil over a low heat, stirring continuously until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla essence, then leave to cool slightly. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold in.


Sprinkle the sherry over the four cake layers, spread three with marmalade, then spread the custard over the top. Assemble the layers together into a four-tiered sandwich. Whip the cream until stiff and spoon over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the peanut brittle.

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