A berry, berry good loaf

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I always think you can't go wrong with a loaf cake. Some of the best and most classic of cakes lend themselves very well to this bread-like shaped bar of deliciousness - lemon drizzle loaf anyone? Banana bread slice? Perhaps a carrot cake loaf? I'll take all three.

The great Nigel Slater was not wrong when he said 'There is something elegant and timeless about a slice of plain cake', but sometimes you want to mix things up. So taking our classic lemon drizzle, I wanted something equally as moist and lemony, but perhaps with more fruit, and why not throw in some chocolate while we're at it...

Low and behold the Lemon Yogurt Poppyseed loaf, with summer berries and a white chocolate drizzle.

It is a real beauty, and pretty darn simple to make too. What are you waiting for?!

For this loaf of loveliness, you will need:

150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
90 ground almonds
175g caster sugar
200ml natural yogurt
50ml sunflower oil
3 medium eggs
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
25g poppy seeds
75g white chocolate
150g berries

I've adapted the recipe from Red Magazine's website and you can see the original here. My version favours more ground almonds and less flour, and more yogurt instead of oil - this is the trick for a really sumptuous moist bake in my opinion. You don't have to buy expensive fresh berries, and I was very pleased to find some of these hiding in my freezer

For £2 you get about twice as many berries frozen as you do fresh, and after 20 seconds at full whack in the microwave they're about the same (careful though, too long and you end up with berry sauce - a mistake I've previously made).

The joy of this cake is that it really is so simple to make. You just mix the flour, almonds, baking powder, caster sugar, poppy seeds and lemon zest in a bowl, then in a large jug (or blender if your lazy like me) combine the yogurt, eggs, oil and lemon juice. When that's done mix the dry ingredients well into the wet mixture and pour into your loaf tin (which you will have greased already, naturally).

It goes into the oven for 40 minutes at 180 degrees celsius. 

Leave out to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes, then take out of the tin and leave for a further 10 minutes. Now comes the fun bit - berry placing and white chocolate drizzling!

Melt your white chocolate in the microwave and then...drizzle away. I like using a small dessert fork as you instantly get three little drizzles going on at once, but a knife does pretty much the same job. After one layer of drizzle, pop on your berries- the melted white chocolate should help them stick. Then, just because it's so much fun, drizzle again! And there you have it.

Just make sure you get to it before your greedy family members!

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