Traditional Scottish Recipes
- Paradise Cake

This is an easy to prepare recipe as it is based on shortcrust pastry which you can obtain from the supermarket (unless you want to make your own).

8 oz shortcrust pastry
Raspberry jam
4 oz margarine
4 oz caster sugar (4 rounded tablespoons granulated sugar)
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons chopped glacÚ cherries
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons ground almonds
Vanilla essence (extract)
Caster sugar (granulated sugar) for dusting

Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and use it to line a greased 11 inch by 7 inch baking tin. Bake this initially on its own in a pre-heated oven for ten minutes at 350F/175C/Gas Mark 4. Cream the margarine and sugar together and stir in a beaten egg, cherries, walnuts and almonds. Add the vanilla essence/extract and mix well. Spread a layer of raspberry jam on the bottom of the pastry case (after the ten minute baking) and spoon in the mixture on top of the jam. Bake for 30/35 minutes. On removing it from the oven, sprinkle with sugar and leave to cool in the tin. When it is cold, remove from the tin and cut into squares.

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