Last night I decided to make a simple recipe I had seen on the yahoo group brunch_scones_tea shared by Jennie Shutt....
Her BERRY TEA CAKE was quick and easy to make:
Ingredients were: For the topping:1 can of blackberries in light syrup, 2 Tbs Sugar (I increased that to 3 Tb), 1 Tb cornstarch,
2 1/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 egg and 3/4 cup buttermilk (milk with a splash of lemon juice in it) I also added to the batter 1/2 cup of gooseberry jam - because I have some and wanted to see what this would be like. It made the cake very moist with no significant change in taste.
For the filling begin by combining sugar, berries and cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring to a boil until thick and set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and butter with a pastry blender. Remove1/2 cup of this mix to save at the end for a crumble topping. Add to the remaining flour mixture, the baking powder, soda. Combine the egg, buttermilk and in my case the gooseberry jam and mix together adding this to the dry mix. Stir until moistened.
Now spread 1/2 of the batter into a greased and floured 11 x 7 pan. Pour berry mixture over batter, Spread remaining batter over berries and sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup crumb topping on top.
Bake 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.