Loaves of Fun

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite partial to loaves.  Well, actually, scratch that.  Beardy boyfriend and his mates are quite partial to a cake which goes nicely with a cup of tea, which brings me to the obvious suggestion: a nice loaf.  Over the last week, I’ve made a couple based on recipes from the Hummingbird Cookbook, which lead me to realise that all these loaves had the same base, with a few specialised ingredients.

     Those pictures were both taken hastily, after being dropped off at work, but one is vanilla cardamon and then second is blueberry.  Accordingly, I thought I had enough of the understanding to create…my own loaf!  Super exciting, particularly as I tend to be quite a nervous nellie about writing my own recipes.  But…as a child, I always loved cinnamon raisin bread.  So as I’m not quite ready to try bread baking yet, I thought I’d give a cinnamon raisin loaf a try…

Cinnamon raisin loaf (adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days recipe)

Ingredients:

190g butter

190g granulated sugar

190g all purpose flour

25ml sour cream

3 large eggs

1tsp baking powder

1.5 tsp cinnamon

110g raisins

1) Start by creaming together the butter and sugar.

Add the 3 eggs, 1tsp baking powder and the 1.5tsp cinnamon.

Mix in the 110g  of raisins.Close up of the raisins and cinnamon!  Preheat the oven to 170C and place the loaf in the oven.  My oven takes about 30 minutes to cook a loaf, but again, it’s going to totally depend on your oven.  Keep an eye on it!

Now, I recently caved a bought a loaf pan (only 5 pounds from Sainsburys), but before that I used to use a small baking tray for loaves and it worked perfectly.  So if you don’t have a loaf pan, your loaf won’t have that distinctive shape, but it will still be delicious!

Want to see the result?

This has really inspired me to try some basic bread making: anyone have a good cookbook suggestion?

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