26 December 2011

orange poppy seed loaf cake

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Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a nice holiday weekend. My Christmas day, and eve, was spent full of baking. I made a loaf of bread, rolls, triple ginger cake squares, walnut crusted pumpkin pie, roasted chestnuts, and two types of vegetable tarts. It was a very busy 24 hours. The counter was overflowed with flour, spices, butter, vegetables falling out of the bowls... The kitchen sink would fill up with bowls, spoons, egg shells; only knowing that that was the sign to start baking something else. And carved the turkey Christmas day!

So as you can imagine, not many photos were taken. Definitely not of the pie, which looked an utter mess. The crust recipe was somehow flawed, too much butter I think. Well too much butter if you want it to be pretty to photograph. If you are only looking for a great new twist on pumpkin that tastes quite great, you've found it.

I made this loaf cake a few weekends ago, but just hadn't found the time to post it. A really straightforward, pure butter and sugar goodness recipe. Nothing fancy, orange and poppy seed. The little stick-in-your-teeth poppy seeds just add that wonderful, rich but delicate flavor that is only enhanced by a grand pile of orange zest. 

Start of the work week in a few hours, must get some sleep...
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Recipe from Epicurious

15 comments:

Madeleine said...

your christmas menu sounds amazing, as does this loaf cake. love these honest-to-goodness recipes, especially classics like orange poppyseed. beautiful photos!
Madeleine

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pips said...

Oh my! This is very, very beautiful! Love the glaze :)

kmonkat@gmail.com said...

I could just fall right into that last picture. Lovely. Take care,
Katherine

Lauren from Baklust said...

Looks simple yet delicious! I especially love that last photo with such soft lighting.

cccris said...

delicious, love poppy seed and i will try this cake tomorrow

Angela said...

I always adore your composition skills! i am extremely jealous :) hope you had a wonderful christmas (and it sounds like you did)!

chibiwow said...

Whoa, heavenly yummy! Love to have this with a warm cup of tea. Thumbs up!

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Jessica said...

Gorgeous pictures! Where do you find your props and how do you make the little recipes at the end of every post? So curious!

jas - the gluten free scallywag said...

Wow what a christmas day bakeathon! Also the orange and poppyseed cake looks amazing, such a classic recipe too - delicious and I can't wait to try it (right after I convert it :))

hannah queen | honey & jam said...

ahh that looks so tasty.

Deb said...

Gorgeous photos for a delightful cake! Poppy seeds with orange are an aromatic and appealing combination.

Sonia M. said...

Nice to meet you and your blog, I love your photo!
Happy new year ;)
Sonia

Christina Topf-Boman said...

glad someone made the pumpkin pie and carved the turkey in our absence! aloha
c:)

Virginia Pon said...

<3 your recipes
<3 your style
<3 your pictures
thanks for blogging!

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie
i made this cake for school and i have to say it was an amazing success! all of my friends and i loved it! thanks for the recipe :)