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Chocolate Orange Loaf

Now I really fancied something with chocolate and orange in it but not a big cake so off I went to my cookery books to see what I could find and I picked up one of nigellas cook book (I have a few) and came across this loaf cake and I immediately knew that was the one for me so Off i went into the kitchen and made this yummy warm chocolate orange cake this is so good I recommend it to everyone This recipe is not my own it is nigellas from her book which you can buy with the link above.

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Ingredients
150g soft unsalted butter, plus some for greasing
2 x 15ml tbsp golden syrup
175g dark muscovado sugar
150g plain flour
Β½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
25g best-quality cocoa powder, sifted
2 eggs
zest 2 oranges and juice of 1
Preheat the oven to 170’c / 150’c fan oven/gas mark 3 and line your 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment or a paper loaf-tin liner.

Beat the already soft butter with the syrup and the sugar until you have a fairly smooth caffΓ© Americano cream, though the sugar will not completley dissolve and will look a little gritty don’t worry.

Mix the flour, bicarb and cocoa powder together, and beat into the syrup mixture 1 tbsp of these dry ingredients before beating in 1 egg. Then add another couple of spoonfuls of the dry ingredients before beating in the second egg. Carry on beating in the remaining dry ingredients and then add, the orange zest and finally, gradually, the juice.

Pour and scrape into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes, though check 5 minutes before and be prepared to keep it in the oven 5 minutes longer if need be. Leave to cool a little in the tin on a wire rack, then turn out to cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy Claire x

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