Ah third year. Full of lab work, lectures and writing your dissertation. Oh, and the most important thing in a student's life: sleeping! So with my time filled with these four activities, I wasn't left with much time for baking. And I've hated it!
You never really acknowledge just how useful the process of baking is when you're stressed. Because the whole process, right from when you're preparing the ingredients, up to when you're clearing everything away, is so automatic, you can just turn off the nagging voice in your head, and relax to the thought of eating something scrumptious in just a short while.
Now even though I've not been able to make anything recently, it doesn't mean that I've not been eating the sweet stuff. My favourite university cafe has a large selection of muffins and flapjacks etc. But recently they had a new arrival in the sugary department: crumble squares.
They have a few flavours, but my favourite by far is the raspberry crumble. It's just so scrummy!
175g caster sugar
280g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 jar of raspberry jam
(Or any other flavour that takes your fancy. Apple and blackcurrant is another good one)
For the topping:
115g caster sugar
85g plain flour
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Grease a 9 inch baking tin, and line with greaseproof paper.
In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
Mix in the egg, and then the flour, baking powder and milk a bit at a time. Mix thoroughly.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and sugar, before adding the butter. Mix together thoroughly until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Pour the cake mixture into the lined tin.
Spread the raspberry jam over the cake mixture.
Sprinkle the crumble topping over the jam.
Bake the crumble in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown in colour.
Once cooked, take out of the oven and leave to cool.
Make sure the crumble is cooled completely before taking out of the tin, and cut into small squares.
I think I'm going to have to have a box of these on my desk for me to snack on while writing my dissertation. Perfect for when I'm starting to lose motivation!