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Gluten-Free Simnel Cake Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 200g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g caster sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 200g gluten-free self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 200g mixed dried fruit
- 50g glace cherries, chopped
- 1 lemon, zest only
- 1 orange, zest only
- 1 tbsp apricot jam
- 500g marzipan

Special equipment needed:
- 20cm/8in round cake tin
- Baking parchment
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer or whisk
- Cooling rack
- Rolling pin

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Grease and line a 20cm/8in round cake tin with baking parchment.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined.

4. Sift in the gluten-free flour, baking powder, and mixed spice, and fold into the mixture.

5. Stir in the mixed dried fruit, chopped glace cherries, lemon zest, and orange zest.

6. Spoon half of the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.

7. Roll out 300g of the marzipan into a circle the same size as the tin and place on top of the cake mixture.

8. Spoon the remaining cake mixture on top of the marzipan and level the surface.

9. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

10. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

11. Once the cake is cool, brush the top with apricot jam.

12. Roll out the remaining marzipan into a circle the same size as the cake and place on top of the jam.

13. Use a fork to create a criss-cross pattern on the marzipan.

14. Place the cake under a hot grill for a few minutes until the marzipan is lightly golden.

15. Allow the cake to cool before serving.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
Serving size:
This recipe serves 8-10 people.

Nutritional information:
Per serving:
- Calories: 551
- Fat: 29g
- Saturated Fat: 14g
- Carbohydrates: 67g
- Sugar: 53g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 6g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Gluten-free self-raising flour can be substituted with regular self-raising flour if gluten is not an issue.
- Mixed dried fruit can be substituted with any dried fruit of your choice.
- Glace cherries can be substituted with dried cranberries or raisins.

- Add a tablespoon of brandy or rum to the cake mixture for a boozy twist.
- Replace the apricot jam with marmalade for a tangy flavor.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure the butter is softened before creaming with the sugar to ensure a light and fluffy mixture.
- Use a skewer to check if the cake is cooked through. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
- If the marzipan starts to brown too quickly under the grill, cover the cake with foil to prevent burning.

Storage instructions:
Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Reheating instructions:
The cake can be reheated in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or in the oven at 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 5-10 minutes.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the cake on a cake stand or plate and dust with icing sugar.

Decorate the cake with fresh berries or edible flowers.

Serve the cake with a cup of tea or coffee.

Suggested side dishes:
This cake is perfect on its own, but can also be served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the cake is browning too quickly in the oven, cover with foil to prevent burning.
- If the cake is not cooked through after the recommended time, return to the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Food safety advice:
Make sure all ingredients are fresh and within their expiration dates. Wash your hands before handling food and ensure all equipment is clean before use.

Food history:
Simnel cake is a traditional Easter cake in the UK. It is made with marzipan and is said to represent the 11 apostles, excluding Judas.

Flavor profiles:
This cake is sweet and fruity with a hint of spice.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the cake as a dessert or as an afternoon tea treat.

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Region: British

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Spiced, Fruity, Moist, nutty, fruity, spiced, moist