The Ultimate Retro Bake Is Back!

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The Ultimate Retro Bake Is Back!

Eating seasonally, when produce is packed full of flavour is without a doubt the best way for you to enjoy food at its best. Each month we will be highlighting what’s in season and also share one of our favourite recipes using some of these great ingredients. We hope that it’ll inspire you to get in the kitchen, start cooking and ultimately support great British food.

Our seasonal favourite this month is the Raspberry. A member of the rose family, the raspberry has a wonderfully intense flavour which many consider to be THE finest flavour out of all of the berries.

Raspberries have got to be one of the easiest fruits to grow, take advantage of growing such a flavoursome fruit in any sized garden or even a container. Just a few raspberry plants can reward you with these succulent berries from summer right through until mid-autumn. Raspberries really thrive in moisture-retentive, fertile, slightly acidic soils which are well drained, so if you intend on planting your own then plant anytime during November right through to March. As long as your soil isn’t frozen or water logged, raspberry plants will flourish in soil which is not only sheltered but gets plenty of sunlight – ensure you’ve got the right growing conditions and by summer you’ll have a wonderful glut to enjoy. 

One of the great benefits of raspberries is that they are unbelievably versatile. It’s well known that chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven, but if that’s too much of a sweet fix for you, enjoy these sweet berries straight from the punnet. Tip: Bring raspberries up to room temperature before you eat them as this will maximise the flavour! Raspberries collapse easily when cooked so if you’re feeling adventurous then try your hand at making jam, raspberry ripple ice-cream or even grinding the berries down to make a beautiful cordial. The choice really is endless with raspberries, throw them in a cake or pudding or just add them on top of a dessert for decoration.

We’ve added our seasonal delight to a serious cake classic, 1950’s and 60’s kids will be very familiar with this retro bake – The Bundt Cake. Unrestrictive in its flavour the Bundt Cake is easily recognisable due to its distinctive ring shape. We decided to give this great sponge a burst of flavour with beautiful raspberries, try making your own  at home with our recipe, and serve with lashings of thick custard or cream for an extra treat.