I love loaves. They are moist, usually full of fruit or vegetables, do not need any topping to improve them (though butter can be nice sometimes), and they are a perfect addition to the kids lunchboxes, or to share at playgroup, or afternoon tea at home. I should mention that they are quick to make and require just enough baking time to be able to get on with some other chores or activities around the home. You can even take the pooch and the kiddies for a walk while it bakes – how efficient is that!
Here is my recipe for the pumpkin and fruit loaf I mentioned in yesterday’s post.
1 cup brown sugar (you can play around with this amount if you care to)
1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
1 ½ cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder (if a lighter loaf is desired, just add an extra tsp baking powder)
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
300g pumpkin, cooked and mashed
125g sultanas or raisins
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the dry ingredients together, and add alternately with the pumpkin into the butter mixtures, then fold in sultanas. Spoon into greased and lined loaf tin and bake for approximately 1 hour.