Tennessee Jam Bundt
Makes 12 servings
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
250g butter, softened
4 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups seedless blackberry jam
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Garnishes: Fresh mint leaves, blackberries
1. Preheat oven to 180°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 160°.
2. Beat granulated sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
3. Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients and set aside. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.
4. Add jam and vanilla and beat until just blended. Stir in toasted pecans.
5. Grease a 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan. Pour batter into prepared pan.
6. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely.
This is a very moist and sweet cake with a lovely soft crumb. It is a little bit fruity, a little bit spicy, a little bit nutty and quite delicious. I think if I were to make it again, I would omit the cocoa powder so that the jam flavour would be more prominent and perhaps the sugar a little. A tart lemon icing would also work. I had beautiful blackberries and fresh mint to decorate. I picked up the blackberries at the local farmer's market yesterday. They were grown in the Yarra Valley but due to it being a little early for berries they were frozen.
Here's how you can be a part of #BundtaMonth:
- Simple rule: Bake us a bundt using your favorite jam