Sunday, January 23, 2011

An old-fashioned treat:
Clove-Scented Chocolate & Apricot Loaf

I love cakes or cookies that have an old-fashioned feel, smell and taste to them.
   Baked goods that you could imagine being made in a kitchen in the 1950s are so reassuring.
   Clove-Scented Chocolate & Apricot Loaf (click for the recipe) from the cookbook Cake Keeper Cakes is just this kind of comforting treat.
   The ground cloves supply the old-fashioned air to the loaf – you’ll be reminded of gingerbread biting into it.
   This loaf is absolutely scrumptious, and a snap to make.
   It kept well for about five days at room temperature in a sealed container. Pieces of it would work well packed in a work or school lunch.
   The link above goes to the recipe in an electronic copy of Cake Keeper Cakes on Google books.
   Flour, cocoa powder, cloves, cinnamon, salt and baking powder are combined. Softened butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla are creamed together in a different bowl.
   The flour mixture is added to the butter mixture alternately with milk, and the apricots are stirred in.
   The batter is scraped into a 9” x 5” loaf pan and baked. After being inverted on a wire rack, it is left to cool completely.
   Slice and serve pieces of this homestyle loaf.

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