Recipe | Winter Warmer White Chocolate Orange Loaf

As we are now well into the colder months, I have decided to focus some more of my attention on eating well and improving my cooking and baking skills! My baking isn't quite up to scratch so i asked my younger sister to come round and help me with this recipe for a White Chocolate & Orange Loaf! It didn't quite turn out like it did in the book but take a look at the recipe and my extra pointers below, because not many things go right first time ....

I am a big lover of staying indoors and cooking or baking something new, and have become such a home bird in the last year. My little sister is a star baker (I'm convinced she'll win Bake Off one day) and so i enlisted her help with a loaf i wanted to do. Getting in the Christmas/winter theme with white chocolate and orange, this loaf made my house smell divine and tastes amazing! It not the easiest and i took a few pointers from our mistakes along the way but it was so worth it!

Make 1 loaf / 3 mini loafs (we did the mini ones)
  • 175g/6oz Butter
  • 175g/6oz Caster Sugar
  • Zest and Juice of 2 Oranges
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 175g/6oz Self-Raising Flour (we used Gluten Free)
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 75g/2 3/4oz Good quality White Chocolate, Smashed or Chopped! 
  • 1/2tbsp Ground Cinnamon 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/Gas 4 and grease and line the loaf tin/s (the lining bit is paramount, as we later discovered when trying to remove ours!)
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and orange zest until a pale colour and nice and fluffy. Whisk in the milk and gradually beat in the eggs, one by one adding a spoonful of flour with each egg. (Id suggest whisking the eggs in a jar separate and adding a third each time with the flour). 
  3. Mix in the remaining flour, baking powder, chocolate pieces (make sure these are small!) and cinnamon.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin/s and even out the tops. Bake for 40-45 minutes. They will brown more on the top but down worry, test the inside with a skewer and remove when the skewer comes out clean! 
  5. Sprinkle over some icing sugar and you have your winter loafs!! 

I hope you have fun making yours and I will be enjoying the rest of mine for breakfast today :)

(Recipe adapted from Making & Baking Chocolate - Wendy Veale book)