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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Irish Marmalade Cake

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As you all know, I've been cooking with Marmalade this week, thanks to the people from Mackay's and in honor of National Marmalade Week.  This will probably be my last post on the subject.  I had plans to do a different marmalade recipe each day, but I've been filled up with a horrible cold and sinus/ear infection this week and my plans have had to be shelved.   So I've been using all of the recipe prep that I did last week and this is the last one I was able to get done.  Nevermind . . .  I am ending my Marmalade week with a real winner!

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This is a delicious cake . . .  a loaf cake.  Stogged full of sweet raisins, and a slight marmalade flavour . . .  and depending on the quality of the marmalade that you use, lots of little sticky bits of peel scattered throughout.

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It's a "sturdy" loaf  . . .  a "enjoy it with a cup of tea" loaf . . .  a "slice and butter" loaf.

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 It's one of those types of tea/cakes/loaves that just gets better with each day that passes.   You won't want to miss out on this one.  Get baking!

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*Irish Marmalade Cake*
Makes one loaf, serving 6 to 8

A sweet and moist marmalade flavoured loaf studded throughout with sticky sweet sultanas.  A delight when sliced, buttered and enjoyed with a nice refreshing hot drink. 

115g of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
115g of soft light brown sugar (generous half cup, packed)
115g of marmalade (half cup)
225g of self raising flour (1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBS)
2 large free range eggs
115g of sultanas (3/4 cup) 

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Preheat the oven to 150*C.300*F/ gas mark 3.  Buttter a 1 pound loaf tin and line with paper.

Cream the butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until  light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and marmalde.   Stir the sultanas into the flour and add it to the creamed mixture, mixing well together to form a soft batter.  Spoon into the prepared loaf tin, smoothing the top.

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Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until well risen, golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.   Serve cold, cut into slices and buttered.

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Many thanks to the people at Mackays for sending me all these lovely marmalades to cook with!  They have been greatly enjoyed.

 National Marmalade Week runs from 28th Feb - 6th March 2016. National Marmalade Week is organised by the World Marmalade Awards at Dalemain, Penrith. The Awards will take place from 19th-21st March with the main sponsors being Mackays, Fortnum & Mason and Paddington Bear.

Mackays are a family run business that has stayed true to its values of producing small authentic batches for a quality homemade taste. Their soft fruits are sourced from the best local Scottish fruit farms and our bitter marmalade oranges come from the famous Seville region in Spain.

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  1. You should be their worldwide spokesperson:) Well done Marie..I think you have made me want to bake w/ marmalade.

  2. Thanks Monique! I tried my best. If I hadn't been so ill I could have done better! Xo


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