Monday, 27 February 2012

Daring Bakers February 2012 - Jaffa Drizzle Loaf

                 Jaffa Drizzle Loaf in all its glory!

Another month is coming to an end so it means this month’s Daring Baker’s challenge is about to be unveiled. Can you believe we’ve gone through TWO months of 2012 already?

Anyway the Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavour profiles. There were three rules we had to adhere to
  1. No yeast is to be used
  2. The process of making and baking cannot take more than 1.5 hours
  3. Only loaves, muffins or popovers (Which I only just discovered is the American versions of Yorkshire Puddings)
So with these rules in mind I made
  1. Jaffa inspired Orange Chocolate Drizzle Cake
  2. Cheese and Onion Muffins
  3. Sour Cherries and Chocolate Muffins  
As you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and I loved playing around with new flavours. I won’t be posting all the recipes today but will stagger it out throughout the week.

I’ll start off with my favourite out of the list: Orange Chocolate Drizzle Cake. I’m not sure what to say about this loaf...Just look at it in all its chocolatey orange goodness! If you have the ability to say no to a slice of this then you must be MAD! 

 It's so easy to throw together as well; add all the ingredients to a bowl, mix together and bake!

The interior of this loaf is moist and very flavourful thanks to the orange syrup that is the drizzled over it post-baking. The chocolate drizzle is slightly indulgent but by this point you wouldn’t care! I made an extra loaf for my friend, Adlin and her parents and they absolutely loved it. Even my mother, who is quite the critic, could not stop eating slices of it!

Chocolate and orange is a match made in heaven!

Also it is worth noting that the flavours develop over the days so it might be advisable to make this loaf a day before you intend on serving it. That's if you can resist not tucking into it straight away...!

Jaffa Drizzle Loaf

Adapted from BBC Good Food

Ingredients

Loaf
140g butter, softened
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
6 tbsp cold milk
Finely grated zest of 1 orange

Topping
3 tbsp orange juice
50g caster sugar
50g dark chocolate, melted
Orange slices to decorate

Method
1. Butter and line a loaf tin. Pre-heat oven to 180C
2. Put all cake ingredients into a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
3. Spoon mixture into tin and even out the top.
4. Bake for 50 mins until golden brown and cooked on the inside.
5. While the loaf cools in the tin, heat orange juice and sugar in a pan to create a syrup. Bring to a boil.
6. Remove from heat and pour all over evenly. Don't worry if the syrup looks excessive as the loaf will absorb all the moisture.
7. Once the loaf has cooled significantly, melt chocolate and pour or drizzle all over the cake. If you want, you could cover the entire cake with melted chocolate.
8. Decorate with orange slices.

35 comments:

  1. No! I'm not mad!! I could have a slice right now! Your photos are gorgeous and mouthwatering! Looking forward to the other two!

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  2. This look really interesting and a new baking dish for me.

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  3. Orange and chocolate... love it! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. I don't think I can resist cutting into the bread immediately
    This looks so good Nish!

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  5. Wow ! what a spectacular loaf - so colourful. I think with most loaves the flavours develop over a few days - happy baking from Auckland New Zealand :)

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  6. I love syrup in cakes! This actually sounds exactly like the old favorite cake I always choose in pastry shop. Great job and thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. Your loaf looks gorgeous! can't wait to try this recipe :)

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  8. Delicious looking cake,looks so yummy.

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  9. This is definitely one to drool over! Absolutely mouthwatering!

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  10. Nice stuff.... can i use other fruits for this recipe?

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  11. Sweetie!!! Reading your blog makes me HUNGRY!! GGRRR!!

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  12. YUM. Your photos are absolutely drool-worthy. Your chocolate-jaffa bread looks and sounds amazing. Great work. So impressive.

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  13. Ok, now I want a slice. Or two. Or more...! I can't wait to see your onion-cheese muffins. You really played with some amaing flavors this month. I very much want to be there when you play again!!

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  14. Your bread itself sounds fantastic, but that chocolate orange topping puts it so over the top!

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  15. Wow, your loaf looks absolutely decadent, with the combination of orange and chocolate. Beautiful photos, as well. Nice work!

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    1. Thank you Linda for the wonderful compliments :)

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  16. So pretty and sounds delicious! The other flavor combos sound like winners as well. :)

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  17. Hi Nish! The cake looks brilliant and so decadent! I have this book of BBC Good Food on Chocolates and I had bookmarked this cake but never happened to try it. Your's has turned out perfect.

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    1. Oh wow I must keep an eye out for this book! I love the BBC Good Food recipes - so easy to follow yet always produces amazing results :)

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  18. I love the combination you made and it looks gorgeous!

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  19. This is so mouth watering!!! I have a litlle tree of these fruits... I really should give this loaf a try :D
    Great Job

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    1. Wow I'm so jealous you've got a tree of these jewels :) Definitely a recipe worth trying out!

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  20. Great ingredients in the cake! How I would love to have a slice with my coffee this morning. Orange and chocolate do make for a wonderful combination-especially in cakes. Well done-your picture is so enticing.

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  21. I especially like the orange slices for decoration, adds a lovely splash of colour :)

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  22. This looks super-tasty, nice job! I'm looking forward to the other two recipes. :)

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  23. I'm glad it wasn't just me who didn't know what a 'popover' was! :-) I love your photos, i remeber seeing this when you posted it on the forum and i thought 'yum' then!

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    1. Haha strange how different foods have different names all around the world!

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  24. HOLY COW! This looks....so amazing! I have never really been a fan of the chocolate-orange combination, but I am pretty sure I would eat this entire cake! :)

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  25. OMG look at all that dark chocolate drizzle!! This looks incredible!! Great job. Yum!

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  26. Very cool! Looks delicious, and I love the lack of yeast :) Amazing job on this one!

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  27. Chocolate and Orange make an irresistible combination..love your loaf, making me drool!

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