We recently received a lovely selection on Hand Stirred Conserves from Mackays.
A little about Mackays...
Mackays was founded in 1938 by the Mackay Brothers. Today, the company is owned by the Grant family and based in Scotland, they are very proud of their heritage and authentic products.
What we received...
We received 3 gorgeous hand stirred conserves, Scottish Raspberry, Scottish Strawberry and Morello Cherry.
I decided to make a yummy chocolate sponge cake and use the gorgeous Scottish Strawberry Conserve as the filling, all three conserves we received would taste super yummy in a chocolate cake, but I chose Strawberry as I was making the cake for my husband to take to work and share I thought Strawberry is always a good choice.
For the cake you will need:
225g/8oz plain flour
350g/12½oz caster sugar
85g/3oz cocoa powder
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 free-range eggs
250ml/9fl oz milk
125ml/4½fl oz vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
250ml/9fl oz boiling water
First pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, and grease and line two 20cm/8in sandwich tins.
To make the cake, place all of the cake ingredients, except the boiling water, into a large mixing bowl. beat the mixture until smooth and well combined (with electric whisk or wooden spoon).
Add the boiling water to the cake mixture, a little at a time, until smooth. (The cake mixture will now be very liquid and you may think it doesn't look right but it will be fine).
Divide the cake mixture between the sandwich tins and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch and a knife inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool completely, still in their tins, before adding the conserve.
To assemble the cake, run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the cake tins to loosen the cakes. Carefully remove the cakes from the tins.
Place one of the cakes on a plate or cake stand and spread the yummy Mackays conserve all over the top of this cake (this will make the yummy middle layer of flavour).
Then place the 2nd cake on top of the layer of Mackays conserve, this makes the cake assembly complete.
Next sprinkle a little caster or icing sugar on the top to complete the cake.
The cake tasted so scrummy I tried a piece before I packed the hubby off to work with it! The cake itself was lovely and light and moist and the conserve made it lovely and sweet, incredibly tasty.
Mackays conserves are made using traditional methods, in their steam heating copper pans using a rolling boil method, The fruit and sugar is slowly boiled allowing the flavours to be released before gradually setting.
They use copper because its the best metal for conducting heat and steam because it gives the most even temperature. The copper pans are made locally in Dundee because Mackays believe in supporting local craftmanship.
Mackays have recently started selling their fantastic range of New Hand Stirred Conserves in Asda stores across the UK, so don't forget to grab yours next time your shopping.
If you would like to read more about Mackays click here.
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Disclaimer: We were sent the Hand Stirred Conserves for free, but have received no other form of compensation to provide this review. All opinions are my own.