Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Walnut Tea Loaf

I've always been guaranteed of success when baking from Liz Franklin's Quick Breads and this latest offering is no different.

Those with time issues will be pleased that this is a "one-bowl" recipe. It's an unusual loaf in that no eggs or butter are used - the lift is achieving by using self-raising flour and extra baking powder. It's a dense loaf but isn't too heavy and does toast up beautifully. Although sugar is used, it isn't really what you might consider a sweet bread - the walnuts impart an appealing savouriness to the bread.

Minor changes to the recipe have been made - the quantity of walnuts has increased by 50% and pearl sugar used to garnish the loaf.

walnut tea loaf

Walnut Tea Loaf

350 grams self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
100 grams caster sugar
150 grams chopped walnuts
300mls milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup (substitute molasses or treacle if golden syrup is unavailable)

Add the baking powder to the flour and then sift into a large bowl.

Sift in the sugar and stir well.

Sprinkle over the nuts and stir again - making sure they are well dispersed.

Whisk the golden syrup through the milk and then pour into the dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed through.

Pour into a buttered and floured loaf pan (8 cup capacity) - smooth out the top and then sprinkle with pearl sugar.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for 60 minutes or until golden and cooked through. If you feel the loaf is browning too quickly, drop the temperature of the oven and cover with foil.

Let it sit in the pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

walnut tea loaf

The bread does have a brown tinge to it due to the presence of golden syrup and you should be able to make out the air bubbles that give this loaf it's lightness.

Enjoy the bread as is on the day you make it but the next morning -

walnut tea loaf

it just calls out to be toasted. It's perfect topped with butter and honey.



  1. what a gorgeous loaf of bread. i'm loving the bits of walnut scattered throughout. looks perfect! :)

  2. Whoa -- this looks lovely, and though I'm not really a fan of walnuts, it seems doable -- maybe I'll try it with pecans? Even more interesting is the fact that it contains no eggs -- we haven't yet played with self-raising flour here in the UK but this might just be the impetus. Thanks!

  3. It looks wonderful, Haalo - the perfect recipe for when the urge to bake comes and there are no eggs nor butter in the pantry!

  4. Wow, that looks great! I love that it's so simple, like magic. Just a few ingredients and presto-change-o, delicious bread!

  5. Thanks Grace!

    Thanks T - I think any type of nuts would do well even dried fruit. I have had questions about self-raising flour before so I should reiterate that it is just a ready made mix of plain flour and baking powder.

    Thanks Patricia - it does satisfy that need indeed.

    Thanks Kitt - it's very simple but tastes great!

  6. Oh my, what a stunning loaf - I like that it's so simple and the pearl sugar on top looks wonderful!

  7. Thanks Poonam!

    Thanks Ellie!


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