Jamie Oliver’s Jammy Coconut Sponge

Jamie Oliver's Jammy Coconut Sponge Cake | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on October 18, 2012 · 63 comments

“As a cook and lover of good food, I go on instinct. I’ll taste anything…and wait for my tongue to talk to my brain. Great food is about how you feel, not where you’re from.” – Jamie Oliver

OMG, I love him.

Jamie Oliver has a new cookbook out called Great Britain; 130 of his favorite British recipes, new and old. TLC Book Tours asked if I’d like to review it. Darn tootin’, I wanted to.

This isn’t just any ‘ol cookbook. This is a COOK. BOOK. Loaded with pictures for every single recipe (love that!), and shots of people and landscapes. Stories, blurbs, and quotes fill the pages. It’s a cookbook you actually read, letting every page envelope you.

If there’s one criticism, the layout of the recipes are inconsistent, some formatted horizontally, while others are vertical. And the directions tend to be in one run-on fashion, making it more challenging to separate the steps. But in all fairness, this book could also be filed under art, and those aspects play into that.

After looking through the pages, is it any surprise that I chose a dessert to try first? Paleeze. Right when I saw coconut, I knew.

I also have my eye on the scones, poached pears, and honey comb. And there’s plenty of savory dishes I’ve earmarked – his Smoked Haddock with Poached Egg (poached. egg. hello.), Spinach on Toast (sigh), Asparagus with Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon (there’s that egg again!), Creamed Mushroom Soup (pass me a spoon), and the Sunday Roast Steak (yes, please.) Dare I even mention the Crackled Pork Belly? Ah lawdy.

Want a copy of your own? You should! Here’s your chance to win one…

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1 lucky U.S. or Canadian reader has a chance to win a copy of Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain.

There are three ways to enter: (1) leave a comment on the blog (2) go “like” us on Facebook or (3) Already a fan? Just leave a comment on The Wall. Want to increase your chances? You can leave a comment here and on Facebook.

THIS DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED. The lucky winners were Jason and Teresa.

Jamie Oliver’s Jammy Coconut Sponge
Serves 16
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
• 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
• 4 large eggs
• 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• a splash of milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 cup dried sweetened coconut
• 1/2 cup best quality raspberry or blackberry preserves*

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly coat an 8×12 inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Cream the butter and sugar together until lovely, pale, and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Gently fold in the flour and baking powder, add a splash of milk and the vanilla. Mix again, but do not overmix. Pour into the cake pan and cook for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Let cool completely.

If your preserves are extremely dense and not easily spreadable, place them in a small microwave-safe bowl and cook for 10 or so seconds to loosen the up a tad.

Once cake is cooled, turn it out onto a board, spread the jam all over with a palette knife or thin, flat spatula. Sprinkle the coconut over the top and serve with tea, custard, or all by itself!

*NOTE: Jamie, being the professional chef that he is, made his own blackberry jam with 9 ounces blackberries, 2/3 cup sugar, and juice from 1/2 a lemon. Mashing it together in a small pot and simmering it down for 20 minutes, then letting it cool. I just bought raspberry preserves in a jar for ease.

(adapted slightly from Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain cookbook)

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Angie Gibb October 23, 2012 at 6:50 am

I’ve been in love w/JO since I first saw him on TV years, and years ago. I have always appreciated his approach to food; simple and delicious. And I’d love to have his newest cookbook too!

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Patti Smith October 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I agree with you completely…”COOK. BOOK.” :) I’ve got a list of recipes from Jamie Oliver’s Great Britain that I want to try as well…but somehow I didn’t add this Coconut Sponge. It’s on there now! No need to enter me in the giveaway as I already own the book :)

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Joanna October 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm

This looks delicious. I would love a copy of this cookbook!

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Angie Gibb October 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

OMG, I love him too… from the very moment he hit the TV I could not watch enough of him. To date, I have two of his cookbooks and would be thrilled to own the newest one! I love his approach to food, it’s simple, it makes sense and it’s delicious to boot! I can’t wait to try this cake!

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Carmen October 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

This sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook

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Marleigh October 22, 2012 at 7:59 am

Um, jam and coconut with cake? Sign me up.

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gail October 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

thanks for this giveaway!

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Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours October 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I’m glad you’re enjoying Jamie’s latest book! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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MaryAnne Williams October 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

You can’t have too many cookbooks…especially those from adorable chefs!

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jennifer ingram October 21, 2012 at 6:46 am

Batter up! I share this on Facebook and would love the book! Jenn

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Carolsue October 21, 2012 at 12:24 am

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Carolsue October 21, 2012 at 12:23 am

This recipe looks absolutely awsome! YUM
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bn100 October 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

This looks good.

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