Country nut loaf
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.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 160⁰C/325⁰F/Fan 140⁰C/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line a 1kg loaf tin
- Put the margarine, sugar, eggs, flour, almonds nuts, peel and milk into a bowl. Beat together until light and creamy.
- Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for about 1 ½ hours until well risen and golden brown or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack.
- Heat together the jam and water and stir until runny. Brush the top of the loaf with the jam.