Buttermilk Sponge

A fluffy texture, with a homemade farm-style flavour; just perfect for a winter dessert.

Difficulty

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

75 minutes

Serves

8

Ingredients

50g  SPAR butter, soft
200 ml  SPAR castor sugar
5 X-Large SPAR eggs, separated
500 ml  buttermilk (1 carton)
1 vanilla pod, split open lengthwise
60 ml   SPAR cake flour
 1 ml   salt
 250 ml   chilled SPAR long-life cream
 
 
 

Method

Pre-heat oven to 160 ° C. Lightly grease a fairly shallow but large oven dish.
Beat the butter and sugar together, then mix in the egg yolks and buttermilk thoroughly.
Scrape the vanilla seeds from inside the pod, directly into the mixture, then gently blend in the flour and salt.
Beat the cream and egg whites separately, until stiff peaks form. Lightly fold them both in evenly to the buttermilk mixture, ensuring a fluffy consistency is maintained.
Pour this mixture into the prepared dish, placed in a larger surrounding dish with water poured in to reach at least halfway up the sides of the dessert oven dish.
Bake for 1 – 1 ¼ hours.
Serve immediately, with honey or warmed jam drizzled over.

Hints & Tips

Add in strawberry essence to the mixture, if you will be serving strawberry jam as the topping
Add the unused vanilla pod outer to a jar of sugar, for it to impart a vanilla flavour to the sugar for your next baking session.