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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Waiter, there's something in my... malt loaf!

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How many times have you looked at a food blog and thought, I wish someone would make that for me. Or, why doesn't anything I make ever look like that?

While my husband is at work, he sometimes takes a sneaky peak at my blog. How do I know? Because he’ll come home and ask if anyone knows anything about a lemon cheesecake, or, what are macarons? - I've never seen any around here, where will I find one?

So, especially for him, I made a malt loaf - and I know he’s going to get it all, as he’s the only one who really likes it. Am I after something? That would be telling….

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This is my entry for Waiter, There’s Something In My…. event, this month hosted by Andrew of Spittoon Extra. The theme is dried fruit and nuts.

Malt Loaf
Adapted from Gary Rhodes' New British Classics

This needs to be made at least 2-3 days in advance.

8 tablespoons malt extract
75ml/3fl oz hot strong tea
175g/6oz wholemeal self-raising flour
A good pinch ground mixed spice
75g/3oz raisins
75g/3oz sultanas
1 large egg

Line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1.

Mix the malt extract together with the hot tea and leave to cool.

Put the flour, the mixed spice, raisins, sultanas, the egg and malty tea into a large mixing bowl. Mix well together before spooning into the lined loaf tin.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1¼-1½ hours. Test with a skewer or cake tester and, once it can be removed clean, the loaf is ready.

Leave to stand for ten minutes in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.

Once cold, wrap in baking parchment and keep for a minimum 2-3 days in an airtight container. It will then be ready to slice and serve with butter.

(Printable Recipe)

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30 comments:

Grace said...

aww, what a good wife you are!

meanwhile, melted butter is food porn-y enough, but to shape it into a cute little heart is over the top! i love it! :)

Raquel said...

Wow, that looks so nice, Nic. I am sure we would scarf that down in seconds here.

Bellini Valli said...

I'm sure your husband appreciated the Malt Loaf..you can use it as good leverage to get something in return...wink...wink...

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Aaahhh, sweet!I don't know what you are after, but you are surely gonna get it.

edamame said...

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Lisa said...

Wow! That little melting heart of butter makes for a scrumptious photo. I'm almost ready to make a Malt Loaf myself and I don't like raisins.

Jan said...

Awww - that so nice!
Nic - It looks like one yummy malt loaf!!

LyB said...

Nic, that sounds delicious! Heart-shaped butter is the ultimate way to show someone you love them! :)

Jules said...

I love malt loaf, and to make it even better it I love the heart shaped butter.

Chuck said...

I love the heart shaped butter as it melts and runs down the side of the bread. Yummy ... it looks so good!

Sylvie said...

Nic, that looks really good, love the buttery heart. I always get accused of only ever baking for others as well. ;)

Aran said...

anything with a melting heart on top will win me over. your husband is a lucky man!

Sue said...

I love malt loaf but my DH doesn't so I don't make it quite as much.
Yours look so yummy Nic, especially with that butter heart...I'm sure you will "butter" up hubby to get what you want.

Margaret said...

I haven't made malt loaf for years. He'll buy anything you want now, especially as you have topped the malt loaf with a butter heart!

Kevin said...

Malt bread sounds good! Great shots of the bread with the melting heart shaped butter!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ah, that is the sweetest picture, Nic, and I'm sure a sweet-tasting bread as well. In fact, I have a sweet award for you on my blog. :)

diva@theSugarBar said...

ho ho ho (sorry if i sound like santa), finally a malt loaf recipe i can use. :) i always just grab a pack from M&S...so lazy. but these looks awesome my friend. and the heartshaped butter is delightful.

x

nicisme said...

Grace and Raquel - thank you both!

Valli and Nina - I'm still thinking about what I might be wanting! ;)

Edamame - I'm so sorry you lost your fight with the devil, it happens to me quite often! Tomorrow is another day - we'll go on our diets then!

Lisa - thanks for visiting and maybe you could make it for someone else, I can just manage a few raisins, this has too many for me!

Jan, LyB, Jules, Chuck, Sylvie, Aran, Sue, Margaret and Kevin - thank you ALL so much for your comments. Regarding the butter heart, it was meant to be butter curls but they didn't turn out very well, so this was the next best thing!

Susan - thanks so much for the award, I'll pop over to have a look!

Diva - thank you! It's a really easy recipe to make, even so - I quite often buy it too!

zlamushka said...

what a lovely heart-friendly butter. How did you cut it like that? So cute. I see you cook a lot for events. Any chance of whipping somehting up for mine? I am hosting Tried & Tasted event dedicated to cooking from other blogs. This month, we re cooking from Cynthia. Up for the challenge?

My friends call me Tulip said...

Heart shaped butter??? You either have way too much time on your hands or your after something????

I have malt extract in the cupboard which I haven't used yet so I will give this a go as its Paul favourite, but he'll be spreading his own butter straight from the dish I'm afraid!!! lol

cookinpanda said...

Really interesting loaf. I really like the combination of ingredients, and it's still simple.

Rosie said...

Oh my Nic that malt loaf looks so good and I just adore that little heart shaped butter!! A most wonderful bake sweetie :)

Rosie x

Alfie said...

Thanks for posting this Nic. B loves malt loaf and up till now I hadn't come across a recipe. I'm definitely going to try this, I bet your husband was delighted!

Tulip said...

Hi Nic, I made it...very nice it was too...I must admit I did think about cutting his butter into fancy shapes but thought better of it...we've been together 22 years...if I start now,he'll think I've been up to something for sure!lol You can check out my picture (not half as good as yours...but) on my blog

Antonia said...

I adore malt loaf. I could literally eat a whole loaf in one sitting. Love the butter too - so cute!

Andrew said...

Kent may not be very exciting but the recipe sure is! Thanks for taking the time to participate in Waiter you entry is greatly received!

Jeanne said...

Hey, your husband actually reads your blog!! Definitely a keeper. Mine is only vaguely aware that mine exists (primarily because it means there is a photographic delay between the food being cooked and served!!) Don't think I've ever had a malt loaf but the flavour sounds intriguing.

Y said...

That loaf sounds fantastic. If I manage to find some malt extract, I'll definitely give your recipe a try. Also love that little heart of butter :)

Anonymous said...

Can you bake malt cake with Barley Malt Syrup? Is that the same as Malt Extract?

Nic said...

Anon, I believe it is the same thing.