Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake

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Hello lovely readers, welcome to my blog, where each recipe created is a feast and we have fun while cooking and baking. And today’s recipe is most definitely a feast. Both for the eyes and tastebuds. Welcome to my Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake. A vanilla flavoured cake, studded with ruby red raspberries and topped with a white chocolate drizzle. Finally, fresh and freeze dried raspberries are sprinkled on top, creating a delicious, dessert cake.

Fresh berry and vanilla sponge.
Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake

Since I first thought up the idea for this cake I have wanted to bake it and share it with you. White chocolate and raspberries are a classic, flavour combination. While the vanilla flavoured chocolate melts into and flavours the cake, bursts of semi-tart, jammy raspberries create a flavour explosion in your mouth. And I get super excited every time those words “flavour explosion” are written in a sentence. Because, it means something must taste sensational. And this cake does!

Overhead image of a fresh berry sponge, decorated with raspberries.
Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake

Lockdown Ingredients

Since we are currently in lockdown, here in the U.K. due to the Coronavirus, creating new recipes requires a whole new approach. Rather than coming up with an new idea, other things have to also be considered. At present the most important aspect is ingredient availability. And even then, that can vary from region to region. So, with this recipe I have kept to ingredients that are generally either store cupboard staples, or are fairly easy to get hold of.

Sliced raspberry and white chocolate loaf cake.

I always have a stash of berries in the freezer and a quick scout round supermarket websites showed good availability. Using frozen raspberries in this recipe may result in a longer bake time, however, they are much easier to mix into the cake batter without breaking up. And, although white chocolate is added to the batter, it melts into the cake while baking. So don’t expect to find chunks of it in the finished cake!

Recipe: Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake serves 8-10

For the cake:

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature.

225g/8oz Caster Sugar – regular sugar can be used see *note regarding mixing

1/4 tsp Salt – I use Maldon

2 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – alternatively use vanilla bean extract

4 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/9.5oz Plain Flour – if using self raising flour leave out the additional baking powder

1 tsp Baking Powder

150g/5oz Frozen Raspberries – fresh raspberries can be used see ** note during baking times

100g/4oz White Chocolate cut into small chunks

For decorating the cake:

100g/4oz White Chocolate – cut into small chunks

2 tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberries – also known as GRIT available from Craic

also available from Waitrose – alternatively use some red or pink edible cake sprinkles

100g/4oz Fresh Raspberries

Making The Raspberry White Chocolate Cake Batter

Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3, 325F.

  • First of all, butter and line the base with baking parchment of a 2lb loaf tin – 24.5cm x 14.5cm x 7cm (10in x 6in x 3in).
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt.
  • Whisk or beat until the mixture is pale and creamy. *If using regular sugar whisk the mixture for longer to obtain the same creamy consistency.
  • Crack each of the four eggs into a jug and lightly beat with a fork to mix them. Pour the eggs into the bowl with the butter mixture.
  • Add the vanilla bean paste.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the same bowl.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Take care not to over mix, as this can cause the cake to become heavy.
  • Add the raspberries and chopped white chocolate into the bowl and fold into the cake batter. The cake batter will firm up due to the frozen raspberries, this is perfectly normal.

The making of a fresh berry sponge batter.

  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin, pressing down with the spoon to ensure there are no air gaps, due to the colder, thicker, cake batter. Smooth the top of the cake using the back of a spoon.

Baking The Cake

  • Place the cake into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 30-45 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. My cake took 1 hour 40 minutes to fully bake, I initially tested at 1 hour 30 minutes. Due to the variability of ovens and in this recipe, size of the frozen fruit and also size of loaf tin used to bake the cake, it seemed more appropriate to give a range, rather than specific bake time. **Also, if using fresh raspberries the baking time will be reduced to approximately 1 hour.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.
  • As soon as the cake is cooled it can be turned out of the tin. Run a palette knife between the cake and tin. Turn out the cake and carefully remove the baking parchment.

The raspberry white chocolate loaf cake before and after baking.
Decorating The Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake

  • Place the cooled cake on to the plate or board used for serving.
  • Put the chopped white chocolate into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap on medium power for 20 second intervals, stirring between. As soon as the chocolate starts to melt continue stirring until fully liquid.
  • Either using a spoon or small piping bag drizzle the melted chocolate over the cake.
  • While the chocolate is still unset sprinkle over the freeze dried raspberries.
  • Gently press fresh raspberries on to the chocolate, which acts as an edible glue and will hold them in place on top of the cake.
  • Finally, scatter fresh and freeze dried raspberries around the cake.
  • Place the cake somewhere cool to set. In warmer weather refrigerate.

 

The ultimate dessert cake!

Fresh and freeze dried raspberries decorate this raspberry white chocolate loaf cake

As soon as the chocolate is set the cake is ready to serve.

However you serve this cake, with morning coffee, afternoon tea, after dinner as dessert, remember to share it. Because, it really is too good to keep to yourself and why miss an opportunity to make your family and neighbours smile!

Store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within three days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Raspberry White Chocolate Loaf Cake you may also like these:

Raspberry Drizzle Loaf Cake

Raspberry Drizzle Loaf Cake
Raspberry Drizzle Loaf Cake

Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Rich Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

Iced cherry coconut loaf cake.
Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

So far, my experience of lockdown isn’t very different to daily life. Because of chronic health conditions I rarely leave our house (see here). I do, however, have wonderful relationships with our neighbours. And seeing the smile on our next door neighbour’s face as I stood two metres away and watched her pick up the cake I’d left in her porch, lit me up inside. Sharing is a completely selfish activity, because the giver gets far more out of it than the receiver.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie x

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Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

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Finally December is here, heralding the start of Winter. And with it we celebrate a month of festive planning, carols by candlelight and sellotape everywhere! While, here at home, there are also two birthdays during December, the celebrating can seem never ending. Since there’s only so much cake you can eat, isn’t there? Fear not, because this gluten free Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova is the perfect celebratory dessert.

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

Tips For The Perfect Pavlova:

For me, Pavlovas always feel like such an elegant dessert. Since they are simple to make as long as you follow a few basic rules. And they cannot, must not and should not be rushed. Either during the whisking or baking stage. While whisking, all of the sugar must be given time to dissolve in the egg white, otherwise it will leak out during cooling and the meringue will collapse. Likewise, after baking it is important to leave the Pavlova to cool slowly, preferably in the oven. Rushing this stage can cause the meringue structure to badly crack.

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

Please do not let the previous advice discourage you from making a pavlova. Rather I hope it has the opposite effect and encourages you. Taking an extra five minutes (that’s 5 minutes not forever!) to ensure the meringue is properly mixed will improve your bake.. Another tip is to bake the Pavlova in the evening, leaving it in the oven overnight to cool. The allows the meringue to cool slowly overnight without tying up the oven.

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

And if the meringue does crack, it will be covered with whipped cream and fruit. While no one ever need know!

Recipe: Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova serves 8

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

Juice of half a Lemon

400ml Double Cream (Heavy Cream)

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – I use Nielsen-Massey 

4 Fresh Figs – cut into quarters

300g Frozen Blackberries – I buy them from Waitrose 

1-2 Fresh Pomegranates – seeds removed

Optional – Fresh Mint to garnish

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Making the meringue base:

  • First of all draw an 8in/20cm circle on to a piece of baking parchment. Turn the paper over and place on to a baking tray.
  • Wipe around the inside of a very clean, large bowl with half a lemon.
  • Add four eggs white to the bowl and the juice of half a lemon.
  • Whisk the egg whites until they form a stiff peak.
  • Continue whisking on a medium speed, slowly adding one tablespoon of sugar at a time to the egg whites.
  • When all of the sugar is added the mixture should be thick and glossy. Rub a little of the meringue between your finger and thumb, if it feels gritty continue to whisk. Check again after a couple of minutes. As soon as it feels smooth and silky it is ready.
  • Remove a small amount of the meringue and use it as glue to stick the baking parchment to the baking tray.
  • Spoon the meringue mixture on to the baking parchment, inside the circle.
  • Use a palette knife to shape the meringue into a disc, building up the outside edge.
FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Making the Pavlova base.

Baking the meringue:

  • Place the meringue into the centre of the oven and bake at the preheated temperature for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 120C/100C fan, 250F, gas mark 1/2 and continue to bake for 1 hour.
  • Do not open the oven during baking.
  • As soon as the baking time has elapsed turn off the oven and leave the meringue  to cool completely in the oven.
  • Once cooled remove the meringue from the oven.

Filling and decorating the Pavlova:

  • Pour the cream into a large bowl. Add the vanilla bean paste.
  • Whip the cream until it is thick but not stiff.
  • Carefully run a palette knife between the meringue and baking parchment.
  • Place the meringue on to a plate or cake stand.
  • Spoon the whipped cream on to the meringue.
  • Add the figs and blackberries. Finally sprinkle over with pomegranate seeds.
  • Garnish with fresh mint.
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Baking and filling the Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

Fill and decorate the Pavlova 1-2 hours prior to serving. So that the blackberries have time to defrost.

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

To serve, cut the Pavlova into slices and use a cake knife to transfer to a dessert plate.

The meringue pavlova base can be made a day in advance. After filling and decorating keep the Pavlova refrigerated and away from strong smells. The Pavlova will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova you may also like these:

Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova 

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova

Blackberry Nectarine Tart 

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Blackberry Nectarine Tart

Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova 

FF Winter Fruit Topped Pavlova
Dark Chocolate Drizzle Pear Ginger Pavlova

With a crisp outer shell and marshmallow centre Pavlovas are a delicious dessert. Since they can be filled with many different combinations of fruit they are perfect for using seasonal or frozen fruit. While this recipe uses a whipped cream filling, see my Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova for an alternative filling. Also, all Pavlova recipes here on Feasting is Fun are gluten free (please see individual recipes for recommendations). As a result this dessert is a festive winter feast that more people can enjoy.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens at this festive time, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Frozen berry topped meringue dessert.

 

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Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe

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September is here and after the long, hot summer I am ready for Autumn. While walking around the garden this morning I noticed some ripe blackberries on my thornless plant. Although, to be clear, I should mention That I’d forgotten to put my glasses on. Expecting a great harvest I hurried back to the kitchen to collect a modest size bowl. Also I grabbed my glasses. Five ripe blackberries. Five! So, consoling myself I plundered our freezer, where fortunately I had a stash. Finally I can now share my Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe.

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe

While I find it very satisfying to use produce picked from our garden I am also a realist. Because of the very hot and dry summer some of our fruiting plants have suffered. While our cherry tree had a bumper crop this year, we haven’t any plums and as I mentioned the blackberries are small and scant. Although I am hopeful for a reasonable apple harvest. Even if they are a little smaller this year, I’m sure they will be sweet.

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffins Recipe
Easy Blackberry Oat Muffins Recipe

I am glad that I had the foresight to buy punnets of British blackberries and freeze them. Especially as most berries freeze well, with the exception of strawberries. While strawberries defrost to a mushy mess, frozen blackberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants can be used in place of fresh fruit when it is out of season. Whether you buy and freeze the fruit yourself or buy it ready frozen, it means that we need not be denied luscious berries in the depths of winter.

 

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe

Recipe: Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter – melted

200ml/6.5fl oz Whole Milk

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

250g/9oz Plain White Flour

50g/2oz Rolled Oats (Porridge Oats – not quick cook)

2tsp Baking Powder

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Sea Salt

300g/10.5oz Blackberries – fresh or frozen Waitrose sell frozen British fruits all year round – the berries can be used frozen

Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6

Making the muffin batter:

  • First of all into a large bowl add the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Usng a balloon whisk mix all of the dry ingredients together – dry mix.
  • Hold back 12 blackberries for topping the muffins and tip the remaining blackberries into the dry mix. Gently cover with the flour mixture to coat.
FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
The dry part of the muffin mix.
  • Into a separate jug measure out the milk.
  • Add the eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat with a fork to combine – wet mix.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dry mix and pour the wet mix in.
  • Stir the mixture (approximately 10 times) with a spoon to almost combine, taking care not to break up the berries.
  • A few flour streaks are acceptable. Over mixing will almost certainly result in tough muffins.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Alternatively tulip style muffin wrappers used in my Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Muffins also can be used.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to divide the muffin mixture evenly between the 12 cases.
FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Combining the wet and dry to make the batter.
  • Place a blackberry (from those held back) on top of each muffin.
  • Finally, using a teaspoon, tap a light dusting of caster sugar on top of each muffin.
  • Place the muffin tin into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Topping the muffins before baking.
  • The muffins are baked when risen, golden and firm to touch.
  • As soon as the muffins are baked remove from the oven.
  • Immediately remove the muffins from the tin and place on to a cooling rack – take care as the muffins will be hot.

 

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
  • Allow the muffins to cool slightly before serving.
FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe

 

If you have enjoyed my Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe you may also like these:

Blueberry And Lemon Muffins 

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Blueberry And Lemon Muffins

Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins 

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Madness Muffins 

FF Easy Blackberry Oat Muffin Recipe
Chocolate Madness Muffins

Freshly baked muffins are best eaten on the day they are made. Although you can store them in an airtight container for up to two days, refrigerate in warm weather and then refresh in a medium oven for 5 minutes. Especially delicious eats to start the day and also fill hunger gaps throughout the day. Since these muffins truly are delicious served warm from the oven, why not bake them with the intention to share. Neighbours, friends and family are always delighted with a surprise delivery of freshly made muffins. And it is a fact that food always tastes better when shared!

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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