SAMS SUMMER FRUIT LOAF
MAKES 2 LOAVES
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CRUMBLE TOPPING
50 grams plain flour
50 grams cold butter, cut into small pieces
50 grams soft brown sugar
A small handful of roughly chopped fresh walnuts
INGREDIENTS FOR THE SUMMER FRUIT LOAF
175 grams butter, softened
150 grams caster sugar
115 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
150 grams ground almonds
250-300 grams summer berries, I used raspberries, blueberries & strawberries. (cut large strawberries into thick slices lengthwise)
Heat the oven to 170C
Grease & line 2 x 20cm x 10cm x 5cm deep loaf tins with baking paper, leaving an overhang of paper at each end to help when removing baked loaves from their tin.
Make the crumble topping - sift the flour into a bowl, add the butter & rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Stir through the sugar & walnuts.
In a bowl beat the butter and sugar until light & fluffy.
Beat in the egg whites, one at a time, adding a lttle flour with each addition if the mixture begins to curdle.
Sift the flour & baking powder over the butter mixture, add the ground almonds then gently fold to combine.
Divide the mixture between the prepared tins & smooth the surface with a spatula.
Scatter over the berries & finish with crumble topping.
Place in the oven and bake for 1 - 1 1/4 hours until a skewer inserted into the centre of each loaf comes out clean.
You will also smell when they are cooked.
Remove from the oven & leave for 5 - 10 minutes before removing from the tin.
Delicious served warm or cold