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Saturday, February 7, 2015

2014 Vacation and Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake - Nigella

My first post for 2015! Finally!

It took me more than a month to open my netbook and post this.  It's been a compact month of January and don't think it's going to slow down in the next few months either.  So, yes, I made it a point not to let February past by without me post at least one bake-off.  Besides that, I do have to admit that I'm getting lazy as well.  Especially with my aging netbook with takes forever to start-up. 

Chinese New Year will be here in two weeks.  I baked some choc chip cookies yesterday and will probably make Nastar if I have the time.  Nastar is an Indonesian pineapple cookie.  The dough is very soft unlike the texture of the Nyonya Pineapple Tarts.  Although I love Nyonya Pineapple Tarts, I do not mind the soft melt in the mouth Nastar version.  Well, we shall see.. if I do make them, it has to be by next week end.  Else, there's not enough time for me to make anything at all for the festive occasion.

Well, guys, here's my first bake-off which I did early Jan.  Hope you will try this recipe.  This is really a great recipe from Nigella.  So moist and super soft.  Best part is, it's not too big so you don't have to keep it for many days.

Cholocate Orange Loaf Cake (Nigella Kitchen)
150g soft butter
2 c 15ml tbsp golden syrup
175g dark muscovado sugar (I used 125g)
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp b.o.s.
25g cocoa powder
2 eggs
zest of 2 regular oranges and juice of 1

1. Grease 1 (900g) loaf tin with some vegetable oil and line with parchment paper. Heat oven at 170dC.
2. Beat the soft butter with the syrup and sugar until smooth.
3. Mix the flour, bicarb and cocoa powder together, and beat into the syrup mixture 1 tablespoonful of these dry ingredients before beating in 1 egg. Then add another couple of spoonfuls of dry ingredients before beating in the second egg.
4. Carry on beating in the remaining dry ingredients and then add, still beating, the orange zest and finally, gradually, the juice.  Batter may suddenly look curdled.
5. Pour batter into prepared tin and bake till done.

And as promised, here are some of my December vacation photos ... miss the winter!


  1. You did it Jenn! You brightened my evening, baked a mouth watering Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake and, shared a whole bunch of stunning vacation pictures! Hip Hip Hooray!!! I couldn't possibly choose my favorite. Although, #6 would make a beautiful postcard:)

    I don't think you're lazy, Jenn. I think you are gathering your thoughts for a Happy New Year:) Looking forward to the Nastar. I don't think I have ever heard of it before. Save me a piece please:)

    Thanks for sharing, Jenn...It's so nice to "see" you:)

  2. That chocolate loaf looks so moist and irresistable... and awesome pics as well, hpe you enjoyed ur vacation...

  3. Looks like that you had a great time in Europe. Lovely vacation photos.
    I love the combo of chocolate and orange. That's a very moist and lovely cake.

  4. Look like you had a great Time dear!
    I love chocolate and orange!!

  5. The loaf looks delicious and the vacation pics are great. Thanks for sharing!

  6. The Coliseum (in the second pic) and Stonehenge (the last pic)!!! *eyes are lighting up*

    Don't worry, WB; I haven't been actively blogging for a while too as I've been struggling to settle in this new environment of mine.

  7. Orange and chocolate--what could be better! Can't wait to try this!


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