Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Cardamom loaf cake

This just looks like a simple loaf cake from the outside but if we delve within it is packed with the exotic and aromatic flavours of cardamom and vanilla.

It is a lovely cake to enjoy with a cup of earl grey, but to be honest with any tea or coffee or even by itself this is the cake for me (for this week at least!).

Cardamom loaf cake

190g butter
170g caster sugar
The seeds from 15 cardamom pods crushed in pestle and mortar
tsp vanilla paste
3 large eggs
190g plain flour
tsp baking powder
2 tablespoons natural yoghurt 

Preheat the oven to 160C/140C FAN and grease and flour a loaf tin.

Beat the butter, sugar, cardamom and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scrapping down the sides of the bowl in between each addition. 

Beat in the flour and baking powder until just combined before finally beating in the yoghurt. 
Tip into the prepared pan and level before baking in the oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until golden and a cake skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the tin for a few moments before transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I completely forgot to take pictures of the finished loaf in my desire to eat it! It will keep in an airtight tin for a few days. The crust is AMAZING on day one! 


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