My mum's just emailed me the fruit sponge recipe I mentioned in my last post - so here it is in all its glory! It's really easy and absolutely delicious. As it's microwaved, and therefore only has a short cooking time, I wouldn't recommend using raw fruit like apples or pears - on Sunday we cooked some apples down into a compote and used that, or if you wanted the recipe to be seriously easy you could just use a tinned fruit pie filling or something! Fresh raspberries might work, but I've never tried it!
1 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
Fruit compote or pie filling of your choice
1. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, egg, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Beat for 3 minutes on lowest speed, scraping the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
2. Place fruit in a microwave-safe serving dish and carefully spread the sponge mixture over the fruit.
3. Microwave for 9-12 minutes. When the cake is done, a toothpick will come out clean.
4. You can then either invert the cake onto a warm plate, for an upside-down pudding effect, or just spoon it into bowls. Serve warm with cream, ice-cream or custard.