The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun (BSB, Sanlitun) Parents Association has collaborated to make a cookbook for charity, called A Little Taste of Home. We had the pleasure of trying out one of the 100 recipes featured in the book. The cookbook has been created with recipes from parents and students of the school, to showcase home cooking, go back to family roots, and share culinary delights. The parent association is not doing things by half measures. A photographer and chef helped create the beautiful book, and even the pages looked good enough to eat.
The Murphy family baked a delicious cherry Madeira cake at their home in Beijing. The family, which hails from England and Ireland, has been in the bustling city for a year and a half now. Finn (5 years old) attends BSB, Sanlitun, and Saorla (2 years old) attends playgroups. The famous cake is a recipe of Emma’s grandmother who lived to be 100. She was a great baker and left the family with an old recipe book which has been used now for nearly 60 years. The cake is best served with an Irish cuppa tea which Ian likes to indulge in.
Cherry Madeira Cake
• 175g margarine
• 175g castor sugar
• 3 eggs
• 225g flour
• 1.5 tsp baking powder
• 225g glace cherries
Step 1 Line the bottom of a deep 18cm cake tin with a baking paper and grease with butter.
Step 2 Place all the ingredients except cherries in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or use a mixer.
Step 3 Fold in the cherries, place mixture in prepared tin and smooth top.
Step 4 Bake in preheated oven for 90 to 150 min. Test before removing the oven.
Step 5 Turn out then remove paper and cool on a wire rack.
Download the digital copy here.