After dinner we thought it’d be good to have something sweet. You’re good at knocking something together, said Lawrence, hopefully. But no cream, no ice cream in the house, so no quick sauces tonight. Instead I thought of Shonagh’s marmalade loaf.
225 gms self-rasing flour
1 level tspn ground mace (I have no idea what mace is – apart from a pepper spray for deterring attackers – but oddly enough we had some)
100 gms butter
100 gms brown sugar
a beaten egg
4 tbspns marmalade
4 tbspns milk
Grease and line a loaf tin. Sift the flour and mace into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the sugar, egg, marmalade & milk. Turn the mix into the tin and level the top. Bake at 180 C for about an hour (though for me it was 40 minutes & even that was a bit long; maybe the size of the loaf tin is a variable there, but I wasn’t using a large one). Turn out onto wire rack while warm & brush with 2 tbspns marmalade.
The result was very fine-textured & dry, afternoon tea quality really, but rather tasty. I had expected something a little moister, perhaps a little coarser in texture. And maybe with a home-made marmalade, or a better quality one, the result would have been different again. Pam’s breakfast marmalade (a supermarket brand) is perhaps not quite the thing. Still, if not quite as delicious as expected, I probably will make this again. So, a cautious tick.