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Country nut loaf

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Country nut loaf
Country nut loaf
  • Serves: 4-6

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

A simple loaf using any nuts you might have in the store cupboard pecans, walnuts, almonds or hazel nuts. It is very quickly mixed together and makes a delicious tea time treat. Slice thickly or thinly and eat with a cup of tea for a mid morning snack or pop a few slices in your packed lunch box. This loaf keeps very well if you have any left. This loaf should serve up to 6 people. Store in an airtight container and eat within 2-3 days. This loaf is much tastier the next day.

Ingredients

  • 175g soft margarine
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, medium
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 25g candied peel
  • 75g mixed chopped nuts
  • 2tbsp milk
  • 2tbsp apricot jam
  • 1tbsp water

Use half white and half wholemeal flour in this recipe. Decorate the top of the loaf with a selection of nuts.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160⁰C/325⁰F/Fan 140⁰C/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin
  2. Put the margarine, sugar, eggs, flour, almonds nuts, peel and milk into a bowl. Beat together until light and creamy.
  3. Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for about 1 hours until well risen and golden brown or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack.
  5. Heat together the jam and water and stir until runny. Brush the top of the loaf with the jam.

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