Strawberry summer cake
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- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pie plate
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
1Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch pie pan or 9-inch deep-dish pie pan
2Whisk flour or flours, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.
3Pour into prepared pie plate. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer. You may have to overlap a few to get them all in. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
4Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake cake until golden brown and a tester comes out free of wet batter, about 50 minutes to 60 minutes. (Gooey strawberries on the tester are a given.) Let cool in pan on a rack. Cut into wedges. Serve with lightly whipped cream.Do ahead: Cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, loosely covered, but good luck with that.