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Rachel Allen: 'Is there anything better than a slice of freshly baked sponge cake with a cup of tea?'

Never underestimate life’s simple pleasures. When Rachel Allen fancies a delicious, comforting cake, it’s the classic sponge she turns to

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I'm often asked what my favourite cake is. I'll start by thinking about something exotic; something rich and nutty, with citrus and spice. Or perhaps something laden down with chocolate, that's intense and complex.

And then I tend to do a complete U-turn and come back to one of the very first cakes that I ever baked, and what I turn to when I want something completely delicious but unchallenging and comfortingly simple.

A slice of freshly baked sponge cake with a cup of tea is up there among life's little pleasures. Never underestimate the simple pleasures.


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