Cinnamon overload? Tired of mixed spice? Figgy pud too heavy? Christmas flavours are intense, man. Listening to the Buble and Celine on repeat is excessive but still manageable (guilty). Rich, spiced, dense Christmas bakes every day, however? For some folk, it’s just too much! Ain’t no body got time for that. I suggest a milder alternative – an Orange Tea Loaf to balance out the season’s palate-overwhelmers. This is another old family recipe. Still suitably festive with zesty orangeness , but light enough to not get overwhelmed with flavour. And perfect with a warm mug of [insert your favourite hot beverage here].
It’s your normal loaf-shaped cake, baked in a loaf-tin. Nothing fancy. No dainty icing, or candied fruit. Just a simple, scrummy, fruity loaf. YUMMO. And the best part? It is SUPER easy to whip up. I gift to you the Eighth Bake of Christmas. And who better to share your baking session with than a spot of Celine, and a sprinkle of modern-day-crooner, Mr. Michael Bublé. Merry baking/crooning y’all. HO HO HO!
Pre-heat oven to 190°C
170g self-raising flour
zest of one orange
1 large egg
85g caster sugar
1 tbpsn marmalade (chunky)
1 tbspn corn oil
1 tbspn full fat milk
1/ Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl. Mix in the sugar, sultanas and orange zest
2/ Make a well the centre of the mixture and add the marmalade, oil, egg and milk.
3/ Mix well and, once fully combined, pour mixture into a 1 lb loaf tin, greased and lined with baking parchment.
4/ Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown and spongy.
5/ Slice and serve with butter.