I have two alternatives for the pastry. Here's Option 1:
6oz (175g) plain flour
3oz (75g) soft butter/marg
1 oz (25g) caster sugar
Mix all ingredients together with a fork to form a firm dough.
Knead slightly, roll out and use to line an 8" flan ring.
Here's Option 2:
Ever since I discovered Option 2 a couple of months ago, I go for this option. Every time.
4 oz (100g) margarine
4 oz (100g) caster sugar
3 oz (75g) semolina
2 oz (50g) cherries
4 oz (100g) marzipan
3 oz (75g) raisins
icing sugar for dusting
1. Beat margarine, sugar, semolina and egg together until smooth and creamy.
2. Chop cherries and marzipan and add, with raisins, to mixture.
3. Spread mixture into prepared pastry case.
4. Bake in a pre-heated oven 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 35-40 mins
5. Sprinkle with icing sugar when cold, and cut into wedges.
I make four of them together because the cooker will easily take them, and because Margaret Thatcher once told me that she always filled her oven when she had it heated up.
I have to tell y'all this. I don't like cherries. I'm not too struck on marzipan. I don't like baked fruit.
Yet I love franzipan. Go figure!