Luxury Loaf


10 oz plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 level teaspoons baking powder

1/3 teaspoon grated nutmeg

6 oz butter (or other fat substitute)

8 oz caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

greated rind of 1 orange

5 eggs

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 oz chopped walnuts

2 oz finely grated chocolate

sugar to dredge


Line a loaf tin measuring 10 x 5 x 3 inches. Sieve together the flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.

Cream the butter, sugar, essence and orange rind until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add the flour mixture, alternately with the orange juice, and fold in the nuts and chocolate.

Pour into the loaf tin, and bake for 1 hour 40 minutes in a slow oven (160-165°C). Allow to cool in the tin.

Dredge with sugar before serving (or not, entirely up to you).

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