Cherry and Almond tray bake

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Ingredients:-

  1. Plain flour –1.25 cups
  2. Baking powder – 1.5 tsps.
  3. Salt – a pinch
  4. Butter – 125 grams; softened
  5. Caster sugar – 125 grams
  6. Eggs – 2.5 numbers; large
  7. Vanilla essence – 1 tsp.
  8. Zest of half a medium lemon
  9. Almond meal – 3 level tbsps.
  10. Glazed cherries- 1/2 cup; washed, dried and coarsely chopped (Reserve a few for garnish)
  11. Semi-sweet chocolate chips – 1/3 cup
  12. Almond flakes – as needed

Method:-

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Sift together the plain flour, salt & baking powder. Add 1 heaping tbsp. of the sifted plain flour mixture to the glazed cherries (not to the reserved ones) and chocolate chips and toss to coat.
  3. Beat together the softened butter and caster sugar for 10 minutes with a hand mixer till light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one by one and beat well after each addition.
  5. Beat in the vanilla essence.
  6. Fold in the dry flour mixture, lemon zest, cherries, chocolate chips and almond meal.
  7. Transfer this mixture to a prepared 9×9″ brownie pan. Spread the almond flakes and reserved glazed cherries on top.
  8. Bake at 180C for 20 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely before serving.
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