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Classic Orange Marmalade Teacake for Saint Patrick’s Day

Mar 16, 2018 12:46PM ● By Linda Ditch
Whether your ancestors came from Italy, England, Mexico, or Korea, everyone becomes a little Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. To celebrate, how about hosting a winter tea featuring this orange marmalade teacake?

This recipe is based on one from the internationally acclaimed Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland. The school (and a hotel) is set on a 100-acre organic farm and was founded by Chef Darina Allen. She also founded the first farmers’ market in Ireland. The school promotes a focus on all aspects of food, from growing to preparing, cooking, eating, and enjoying.

Orange Marmalade Teacake

Adapted from a recipe found on the Ballymaloe Cookery School website. You will need a scale to measure the dry ingredients.
Serves 8 to 10

  • 12 oz (350g) self-rising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 5 oz (140g) granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp orange marmalade
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 Tbsp milk
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp marmalade, for glaze
  • Confectioners’ sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spay a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture becomes like sand. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Make a well in the center and add the marmalade, lightly beaten eggs, and milk. Mix to a soft consistency.

3. Put batter into the loaf pan and bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Allow to cool, still in the pan, on a wire rack. Warm the marmalade in a microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to spread, and then paint the top of the tea cake. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.


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