Preheat the oven to 160 °C and grease a deep 26 cm pie dish with butter or non-stick spray.
Mix the cottage cheese, buttermilk and melted butter. Beat the eggs, adding castor sugar by the spoonful while beating. Whisk until the mixture is pale and fluffy. Add the essence. Stir the buttermilk mixture into the egg mixture, alternating with the self-raising flour.
Turn the mixture into the prepared pie dish and bake for 40 minutes or until firm. Switch off the oven and leave the cake to cool in the oven.
Serve lukewarm or cold with any fresh fruit (gooseberries are a good choice)cooked in a light syrup.
Makes 1 large cake.
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