Hello everyone! I hope we are well and dandy. I would like to announce that I have found myself something I quite enjoy…spinning! By that I mean at the gym on the bikes, not spinning around…ahem. It’s a brilliant workout and something I hope to continue every week, so that’s my new thing of the week, what’s yours?
While we’re on the subject of new things, I have bought my second car, and as of today have just sold my old one!
So with all those other things out the way, the next new thing to share with you all is a wonderful loaf cake of Mary’s: the Crunchy Orange Syrup Loaf. In the book, it does state however that the mixture makes two of these cakes, but it simply does not! Even in a smaller tin, still only had enough for one small loaf. Therefore, do not half the quantities under this assumption – otherwise you’ll have hardly anything!
The cake itself is incredibly delicious; it’s very similar to the lemon drizzle in basically every sense however the glaze is made with granulated sugar and not icing sugar like it’s lemony cousin. For me, I’m made about oranges so it suited me very well. It also stayed very moist, and so will keep well for a few days if covered properly in foil or an airtight container. My family loved it, and I’m sure yours will too.
My only thing about it, if I had to pick something, was that the topping could have been crunchier. Mary says to use granulated sugar, but maybe demerara sugar and the combination of orange juice would have been a better solution….? If anyone has done this, or intends to try, let me know how it goes!
I love a good slice of cake, but nothing too sweet; I’m not keen on thick, sugary, fondant icing or anything along those lines. Generally speaking, I like my cake to go with a cup of tea and not make me feel sicky. However, although I don’t like to eat it, it does strike me at how amazing icing can be made to look and represent. Personally I don’t think I’d have the patience to do it, but respect to anyone who does. So all in all, use your loaf (ahh good pun) and sit down with a cuppa to enjoy its full potential.
- 100 g softened butter
- 175 g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 175 g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4-7 tbsp milk
- Finely grated rind of 1 orange
For the top:
- Juice of 1 orange
- 100 g granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/ gas mark 4. Grease and line ONE 1LB loaf tin (or use loaf liners – so much easier).
- Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for 2-3 minutes. Pour into your tin and level the surface.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the loaves spring back when it is lightly pressed (or check using a skewer).
- While the cakes are baking, you can make the crunchy topping. Add the orange juice and the sugar into a small bowl and stir to mix.
- Spread the mixture over the loaf while it is still hot – then leave to cool completely in the tin.
- Turn out, and remove your parchment when cold. Enjoy its zestiness!