A recipe for Pimms that will last beyond the summer. This easy pound cake enjoys a side order of boozy berries.
For the Pimms-soaked fruits, place the Pimms, vanilla pod and sugar into a pan and bring to the boil. Boil for 6-8 minutes, or until reduced to make a syrup.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Place the fruit in a bowl then pour the syrup over the fruit.
Preheat the oven to 165C/325F/Gas 3.
For the buttermilk cake, sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl.
Place the butter into a separate bowl and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla seeds and lemon zest and mix well.
Add the buttermilk to the mixture, then pour this mixture into the flour mixture and fold together.
Grease and line a 22cm/9in springform cake tin. Pour the cake mixture into the tin.
Transfer to the oven and bake for about 1½hours, or until golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
To serve, cut the cake into wedges and serve with a dollop of clotted cream and a spoonful of the Pimms-soaked fruits.
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