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Help with recipe ideas for loaf cake

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Salilah

Help with recipe ideas for loaf cake

I'm not a cake maker at all - sourdough is challenging enough for me! - so I wondered if you guys could help?

We had a lovely breakfast / tea type of cake in a small restaurant in London (called Honey & Co, the owners used to work with Ottolenghi and I think it has middle eastern background). It was called fig walnut & orange loaf - and it was lovely!

I'd like to be able to recreate (however they won't give me the recipe! :-) )

It was done in a loaf tin; it was quite thick and sticky - the closest I could think of in texture was quite like a soft gingerbread; it was quite sweet, some taste possibly of ginger, didn't really taste much orange (I think it was crystallised peel). Lots of fig...

I tried an Ottolenghi recipe for a chocolate cake (which they also seemed to have a version of) but with fig & walnut & marmalade in the filling instead of chocolate - it came out very dry and more like a bread; not slightly soft like the cake in the shop

Anyone any thoughts or ideas of what I could try? My thinking is perhaps a ginger bread recipe, but swapping out the molasses (as it wasn't dark brown at all, more golden)

thanks!

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jcking

What type of flour was used?

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Salilah

Hi JCKing

I used 2/3 plain flour and 1/3 strong white bread flour - though I think the recipe said plain?

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jcking

I'm thinking for a cake type a lower protein flour would be used, such as a pastry/cake flour.

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Salilah

Aha! Yes could be - the plain flour I used is what I think in the UK is pastry / cake flour, I certainly wouldn't use it for bread. Next time I'll try all this, dropping the bread flour!
thank you
S

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LindyD

I Googled "fig walnut & orange loaf" and came up with quite a few hits.  Here's one link:  http://suite101.com/article/fig-and-walnut-mini-loaves-a-holiday-treat-a80788

No idea if it's even close, but imagine that if you keep searching the Internet, you'll find a recipe to your liking.  

At least, I hope so.

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Salilah

Thanks LindyD

I did try a google, however as I'm not a cake maker, I have no idea how they will come out!

This is different in that the other one was yeast - I'll give it a go and report back

Much appreciated - thanks again!
cheers
S

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FlourChild

It sounds to me like a pound cake baked in a loaf tin and then syruped.  Or are you saying that the original cake that you are trying to recreate is a yeasted cake?  

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Salilah

OK thank you - I'll investigate "pound cake"
and no, I don't know if the original was yeast, or baking powder, or whatever - the recipe in the Ottolenghi book for chocolate loaf was yeasted :(

I'll try again and do the syruping as well - if it was syruped, I didn't notice, but it could have soaked through I guess

many thanks
S