Friday, 22 August 2008

Mincemeat and Marzipan Tea Loaf, + a holiday!

This evening we are going to our little cottage (click on the link to see it!) in Orford, Suffolk and will be there until a week on Sunday. I absolutely love going there – the gorgeous village of Orford, the country pubs and restaurants, the farmers markets, pick-your-own farms and country walks! The downside is there is no internet connection so I won’t be able to post or read your blogs. I shall enjoy catching up when I return refreshed and full of country air :)
Today I had some friends coming over to go blackberry picking and I knew we would want something yummy afterwards, so this morning I made a lovely Mincemeat and Marzipan tea loaf, which I got from Tulip’s blog. It was absolutely delicious; crumbly cake, squidgy squares of marzipan and crunchy almonds on top. Even one of my friends who doesn’t normally like marzipan really enjoyed this loaf.
Normally when baking I get scared about over cooking things so I put them in for 10mins less then the suggested cooking time. This normally results in me putting the timer on for 2 minutes, then another 3 minutes and jumping up and down to check so many times that by the end whatever I am trying to make will have been in for the correct time after all! Today I just went for it and put the cake in for the suggested hour, covered the top with foil after 45minutes, and on the hour it was perfect!
It came out the oven at about 11am and at about 5pm it was still slightly warm inside! I shall be taking the rest of the loaf to Suffolk with me. Go over to Tulip’s blog, Tulips Kitchen now for the recipe (you won’t be disappointed!) and also the chance to read a great blog! I will see you in a week.
P.S. You may have also noticed I have joined Baking from Scratch (click on the photo <<<>
P.P.S. The blackberry picking was great, we picked loads and now they are all ready to be made into jam, pies, stewed with apple, crumble - endless good things!


Anonymous said...

The Mincemeat and Marzipan Tea loaf was to die for, especially after a good long stint of blackberry picking in the hot British Summer! Can't wait to be invited to lunch again!

Thanks Lucy!

Steph said...

Mincemeat and marzipan tea loaf sounds like an interesting combination. Seeing your bag of Sainsbury flour reminds me of all the fun I had in England just 3 weeks ago. I wish I bought a bag of flour as a souvenir.. those 1.5 kg bags are so cute!

Anonymous said...

Did youi say there that you liked country walks????

Marie said...

That is truly a lovely Loaf Lucy. I have made it many times myself. It's a real winner. I hope you and your family have a lovely time away and enjoy every minute of it! PS> I hope you get lots of sunshine!

Marjie said...

This loaf is lovely! I do love almonds on top of baked goods!

Tulip said...

So glad you liked the tea loaf Lucy...its one of my eldest daughters favouries.
A bit miffed that you went blackberry picking in the hot british summer...ours is a wash out, the blackberries have had too much rain and not enough sunshine :-( Enjoy your holiday...see you when you get back!

Lucy said...

Anonymous - Anytime Natalie!

Steph - Sainsburys is very good - what size flour bags does Canada have?

Anonymous - (thats my Mum!) I like the Dunwich one thats ALL!

Marie - the weather started rainy but improved over the week

Marjie - me too!

Tulip - well thank you for the recipe! You might want to skip my latest post...all blackberry mania there!