Thursday, 15 March 2018

delicious, healthy, sticky malt loaf recipe

hey all, this is a much anticipated and highly requested recipe amongst my family and friends, and quite rightly because who doesn't love a good old-fashioned slice of malt loaf loaded with butter or butter-like spread? yum. simple, honest, good food.

it's odd that we've not really spread the delicious malty flavour to many other recipes really, because the flavour of malt extract is one of my favourites. and malt loaf completely takes me back to childhood, and packets of Soreen taken on picnics, or opened in a lunchbox. 

i've made this three times over the last month, and one was for my 2 year old's birthday cake. and since that mini family party, 3 people asked for the recipe and the nieces asked for more slices, so i made another loaf this week when i knew they would be coming over later. 

this is THE perfect cake to make on a Sunday when you have some free time and then nibble throughout the week, or to bring out when you have guests midweek, because it just gets better and better the longer that you leave it, but is also deliciously tasty that very first day too. 

the problem with all delicious cakes is that to try and test leaving it to see just HOW gooey it will go is a challenge, because people just seem to eat it before it gets to day 5...

anyhow, this is a recipe that i initally pulled from a Country Living magazine and twisted to make it healthier - as i seem to do with all recipes! this one has just coconut sugar in, so zero refined regular sugar. and you can also easily sub in different tea flavours and different types of flour to good effect. 

the malt extract can be a little bit hard to find, but i bought my jar from a local health food shop (actually it was Holland & Barrett), and it is simply labelled "Malt Extract" on the side. this is the ingredient that gives it the flavour and the stickiness we so love.

apparently there are a few health benefits to taking malt extract in the cooler months when we can do with the extra sugar as well as the added amino acids and b vitamins.

it's also wonderfully easy to make. so long as you don't mind a recipe that takes a little while, the actual hands-on part of the recipe is pretty quick!

ooey gooey malt loaf recipe
makes 1 loaf

150ml hot black tea
225g raisins or sultanas
100g coconut sugar
150g malt extract
250g spelt flour (or sub buckwheat/light rye into the mixture)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 medium eggs

1. put the hot tea in a bowl with the raisins and coconut sugar. mix and leave to soak until most of the liquid is absorbed and the raisins look plump (about 2-8hours - the longer you leave them to soak the more moist the final loaf will be)
2. heat the oven to 150c/130c fan/gas mark 3/300f. grease/line a large loaf tin. 
3. stir the malt extract into the fruit, then add in the flour, baking power, bicarb and eggs. stir until well combined. 
4. pour into the large loaf tin and bake for about 1 hour. at this point take it out briefly and check if it's done by putting a skewer in the centre - if it comes out clean it's ready, if it comes out with batter on it needs to go back in for another 5-15 mins. 
5. leave to cool. wrap in baking parchment and store in a tin or airtight container upside down for as many days as you so desire.
6. spread with salted butter for a truly British experience.

this is what it looked like the day after it was cooked...

and this it the gloriousness 4 days in...

one last note - this is definitely NOT a low sugar recipe, and so needs to be enjoyed in moderation and with friends and a good cup of tea by the side to be included as part of a balanced diet! i literally have been having a half slice every few days because it's so rich, but it also makes a great post-ride snack for my husband when he comes home on his bike some days too.

i hope you enjoy making this recipe! if you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below and i will get back to you asap. 

have a glorious day x

1 comment:

  1. This looks fab - on my 'To Do' list! I confess I've kind of re-discovered you after a good few years (pre-your beautiful boy) and I'm rather loving catching up on your thoughts and ideas. You have a lovely, warm, inclusive manner and it's a joy reading and listening to you for a few minutes with a cup of tea. Thank you.


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