Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Honey Loaf

After my lack of blogging at the beginning of January it seems I’m definitely making up for lost time and what with all the snow this week and not being so pleasant to go out, this is the perfect time to try out some of those book-marked recipes. I decided to bake this effortless Honey Loaf, with great success from yet another recipe from Rachel Allen’s Bake. The honey adds the sweetness to this loaf, which really comes through, especially when toasted and buttered.

Honey Loaf

Serves 12

300g (11oz) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
100g (3 ½ oz) butter, softened
175g (6oz) runny honey
2 eggs, beaten
75ml (3fl oz) milk
1 tbsp warm honey, for brushing

13 x 23cm (5 x9in) loaf tin

Preheat the oven to 170OC (325oF), Gas mark 3. Oil and line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside. Cream the butter in a large bowl or in an electric food mixer until soft. Add the honey and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Continuing to beat, gradually adding the eggs. Fold in the flour with a spatula or metal spoon, the fold in the milk to form a soft dough. Place in the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes, or until golden and when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to stand for 3 minutes, then remove from the tin and place on a wire rack. Brush the loaf generously with warm honey and allow to cool.

The Goddess's Kitchen No1 fan, Ollie my kitten. He loves sitting on my computer desk watching me blog!


Sweet Treats by Dani said...

that loaf looks so moist!!!! i bet the honey flavour is just sweet enough :)

Nickki said...

Oh WOW that looks good!! I must have a proper look in the Rachel Allen book, I can't believe I missed this one! :)

Alex said...

Oooh, another lovely idea I'm going to store away!

And Ollie looks sooo cute! Is he a British short hair?

Maria♥ said...

Thanks everyone!

Nickki, the recipe is on pg 70 ;o)

Alex, Ollie is a British Shorthair! His 6 months old and has such a beautiful


Anonymous said...

Have you ANY idea what you're doing to my waistline?? lol

Finla said...

Olie has grown.
Love the honey loaf, looks yumm delicous.

Maria said...

Cute picture of the cat!! The honey bread sounds wonderful!

Reeni said...

Your honey bread looks delicious!! I love that there is no sugar in it, just natural sweetness. Ollie is such a cutie!!

Kelly-Jane said...

Toasted honey bread - just what we need with the snow! Looks lovely as does Ollie :)

Beth (jamandcream) said...

I've made this one - was a real hit. Yours looks delish

Knittings Nice! said...

Made this gorgeous loaf also.....didn't stay around for long. Had it toasted and also just cut with some butter on it scrumptious.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

An adorable little kitten. I love his honey colored fur - the loaf looks delicious.

Anne said...

That looks so lovely and moist!

Anonymous said...

That was a great breakfast for me today, thanks! ;) Ollie's looking kind of disapproving and stern (however cute) ..

Maria♥ said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments as always.

Marja, I made sure Adrian took extra for you too ;o), glad you enjoyed it. Ollie's stern and almost grumpy look is characteristic of this breed, with their round faces and full cheeks. His a very happy cat and always purring!


Rosie said...

Good one Maria for definitely making up for lost time in the baking -we get to view all your scrummy treats this way!

That honey loaf looks amazing one I should make very soon!

Lovely pic of little Ollie :0)

Rosie x

Maria♥ said...

Thanks Rosie, it's great to be back and doing what we love the most, baking!