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Nectarine sponge with blueberries

Nectarine sponge with blueberries
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Serves: 12 (makes 12 slices)
Time to make: 35 mins (Hands-on time: 20 mins, Cooking time: 15 mins)
Total cost: $9.00 / $0.75 per serve

Sponge cake

3 nectarines or peaches, sliced
3 eggs
1/3 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1 lemon, grated zest and juice
1/2 cup blueberries


1/3 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

To decorate

2 tablespoons maple syrup
fresh mint, to garnish


Step 1Preheat oven to 170°C. Lightly grease a 22cm round tin or a ring mould. Purée 1 nectarine. Whisk eggs and sugar together, using electric beaters, with the vanilla paste for about 6 minutes until tripled in size and stiff (ie. mixture can stand upright and hold its own shape).

Step 2Gently fold in flour with lemon zest, nectarine purée and half the blueberries. Do not overmix. Pour mixture into prepared tin and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly before turning out.

Step 3To make icing, mix icing sugar, vanilla paste and lemon juice together. Add water if necessary to make a thin icing then drizzle over sponge. Top with sliced nectarines and remaining berries. Drizzle over maple syrup and decorate with mint.

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