Cranberry, orange and almond loaf

I picked up the free Real Food magazine from Tesco last week and one of the recipes that caught my eye was for this cranberry loaf. I love cranberries and am always trying to find recipes to use them in. As a child the only time we had them was my Mum’s homemade cranberry sauce with the Christmas dinner, to me they will always taste of Christmas. Most years I will buy a packet when they appear in the supermarket to use in some kind of cake/ pudding as the tartness works really well with sugary batter.

Ingredients for cranberry, orange and almond loaf

This recipe also has another favourite ingredient- marzipan. I know a lot of people aren’t a fan but I find the grainy smooth texture and strong taste of almonds really pleasing. The loaf proved easy to make: cream together butter and sugar,whiz in some eggs, then fold in self raising flour and ground almonds, finally adding cranberries, cubed marzipan, orange zest and almond essence. Into a lined loaf tin then into the oven. As usual, the cooking time had to be extended for our gas oven. At the recommended 50 mins the mixture was still liquid in the middle! Another half hour later and it was just perfect!

Cranberry Orange and Almond Loaf

Baking Books

I’m a complete sucker for any books on baking, I think it’s the indulgence and the homeliness of baking that draws me in. I actually don’t do much of the cooking (make that none!) but I love making cakes and desserts. Due to their fattening nature I only bake occasionally but I still can’t resist buying a new baking book. Nothing better than sitting down of an evening and drooling over recipes!

Short & Sweet Dan Lepard

The latest book I’ve purchased is ‘Short & Sweet’ by Dan Lepard. I’d read some really good things about the book and saw it for a good price on The Book People website so took the plunge. Also in it’s favour is the gorgeous colours on the cover! So far I’ve read through half the recipes (there are absolutely loads of them!) and already feel like I could do about half of them! At the weekend I made the caramel and hazelnut cake- I forgot to take any pictures but I can say without a doubt that it was as delicious as it sounds. Lovely and moist, nutty and caramelly (what else would you expect?!) Anyway, I’m definitely looking forward to trying out more recipes and will report back in more detail (and with pictures!) when I do!