Marmalade Loaf (Preparation time 20 minutes, cooking time 45 at least possibly 1h 15 mins)
175g butter - make sure that it is at room temperature and soft
175g golden caster sugar
zest of one large orange
juice of the orange
3 large eggs
175g self raising flour
75g icing sugar
enough orange juice to make the icing to your required consistency
Here’s what you do:
Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 165 degrees and cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is light in colour and fluffy.
Step 2 - in a separate bowl thoroughly whisk the eggs and then very gradually add the eggs to the creamed mixture. Do this is small batches and beat the mixture well between adding more egg.
Step 3 - Add the zest of the orange and the marmalade to the mix and stir in.
Add the flour to the mix and stir this in lightly with a large metal spoon. Do not beat the mix at this point, gently fold the flour in ensuring that everything is mixed together.
Step 4 - Add half of the orange juice to the cake mix and stir in gently.
Step 5 - Spoon the mixture into the lined loaf tin and place in the centre of the oven for at least 40 minutes. It may take up to an hour and 15 minutes for the cake to bake depending on your oven.
See ‘Knowing when a cake is ready’ on the hints and tips page.
Step 6 - When the cake is ready place it on a cooling rack for five minutes before taking it out of the tin and placing it directly on the cooling rack.
Kitchen implements required:
Large metal spoon
2lb loaf tin, lined
Skewer for testing