Sunday, October 5, 2008

Passion Fruit Sponge Cake

The passion fruit sponge is a traditional afternoon tea delight. This recipe has a tangy passion fruit butter filling.


5 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 cup self-rising (raising) flour
1/4 cup cornflour
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup whipped cream
Passion fruit icing
Passion fruit butter


1. Grease 2 x 8 inch (20 cm) sponge sandwich tins. Cut a circle of baking paper and line base, grease over paper and dust tins with cornflour.
2. Beat egg whites in a clean dry basin until stiff peaks form. Gradually add sugar while you continue to beat.
3. Add egg yolks one at a time while beating.
4. Sift flour, cornflour and salt together, combine butter and boiling water and keep ready.
5. Quickly and lightly sprinkle flour over egg mixture and commence to fold in with a large metal spoon. Pour butter and water around side of the bowl and continue to fold quickly and lightly.
6. Pour evenly into the two prepared tins.
7. Bake in a preheated moderate oven (375 degrees F/190 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched and mixture begins to shrink from the sides.
8. Turn out onto a wire rack, remove baking paper and cool.
9. Spread one cake with passion fruit butter and whipped cream. Spread passion fruit icing on top of second cake, then sandwich together.

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