Yummy Recipes

Growth Spurt Alert: Raisin and Almond Tea Loaf


It’s that time again, when my boys become bottomless pits converging on the fruit bowl and bread bin after school each afternoon in a frenzy.  Yesterday they had managed to eat the several kilograms of fruit I’d ordered just a few days earlier.  In the hopes of avoiding them moaning about being staaaarving I decided to bake something yummy (and hopefully filling).  It went down so well yesterday (literally) that I baked it again this afternoon.

Raisin and Almond Tea Loaf

Ingredients

  • 175g (6oz) butter/margarine
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 tsp almond essence (or flavouring)
  • 75g (3oz) ground almonds
  • 125g (4oz) raisins
  • 175g (6oz) Self-Raising Flour
  • 3 tsp’s milk

Preheat your oven to 180C /350F (160C if your oven is fan forced). In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add the egg to the mixture gradually and whisk in the almond essence

Fold in the almond meal, flour and raisins and stir.  Add the milk to the mixture

Pour mixture into a greased loaf tin and smooth the top

Bake in the middle of your oven for 1 hour or until top is golden and bounces back when touched

Leave on a wire rack to cool or if impatient like me you can eat it warm

I used plain wholemeal (wholewheat) flour in my second loaf (added two tsp of baking powder) and I think both were equally yummy.  The white flour loaf came up tasting more cakey and the wholemeal more filling and bread-like

Taste’s great on its own or with butter.  The boys had it for desert warm with custard this evening

Enjoy!
*recipe from the back of the packet of Tesco Ground Almonds
**you could definitely reduce the amount of sugar to make it a little healthier

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