Orange and Olive Oil Loaf- The Great British Bake Off Everyday

A couple of weeks ago I was told by my hubby to stop baking things so much as we were all trying to lose weight.  I agreed with him as I find it is all too tempting to “taste test” what I’ve baked.  I just love baking so much though. Usually the cakes and cookies I bake for Sam’s Smart Cookies are special occasion ones and the same recipes over and over again.  But occasionally I like to try new things out so if I have a stall or someone wants something different I know I can offer it to the customer and that it will “work”.

Sometimes, though it is frustrating when my hubby comes in and says “I’m hungry. Have you got any cake anywhere?”  This happened to me  only two days after the “Stop doing so much baking” lecture.  In the end I thought well I will have to make something and keep it handy.

I looked at what ingredients needed using up and had some oranges in my fruit bowl.  I noticed that there was an orange and olive oil loaf in the latest Great British Bake Off book.  It is made with white spelt flour though, which I did not have.  I did have some wholemeal spelt flour though.  We had olive oil but only extra virgin oil, not a mild and fruity one.  At least I could try and see what it turned out like.

Eggs, olive oil, orange zest and milk are added to a large mixing bowl.
Eggs, olive oil, orange zest and milk are added to a large mixing bowl.
These ingredients are whisked together.
These ingredients are whisked together.
Caster sugar is mixed in and whisked together.
Caster sugar is mixed in and whisked together.
The spelt flour and bicarbonate of soda are sifted into a separate bowl.
The spelt flour and bicarbonate of soda are sifted into a separate bowl.
The dry ingredients are folded in with a metal spoon.
The dry ingredients are folded in with a metal spoon.
The mixture is spooned carefully into a loaf tin lined with one of the special loaf tin liners you can buy in Lakeland.
The mixture is spooned carefully into a loaf tin lined with one of the special loaf tin liners you can buy in Lakeland.
Fresh out of the oven. While still warm the top of the loaf was brushed with a tablespoon of marmalade.
Fresh out of the oven. While still warm the top of the loaf was brushed with a tablespoon of marmalade.

Well, I was totally disappointed with the cake.  It tasted claggy and the olive oil was totally overpowering.  This probably could have worked if I had used mild olive oil but all I could taste was the olive oil.  Maybe rapeseed or sunflower oil would have been better as well.

So did my hubby get his teabreak fix? No, not at all. I put it in the tin and noticed it was still there 5 days later.  Not a great success this time, I’m afraid!

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

2 thoughts on “Orange and Olive Oil Loaf- The Great British Bake Off Everyday

  1. Oh no, it must have been bad if it was still there 5 days later. I baked a recipe recently that said to use vegetable oil, I was surprised as I thought sunflower oil would have been better. I went ahead and used the vegetable oil and it tasted as though it had been baked in a chip shop, yuk, it went in the bin!!

  2. That’s exactly what put me off. It smelt disgusting too and the oil made it tasted vile. It was so gross I wouldn’t have touched it with a bargepole. I reckon with your recipe perhaps it’s better to go with your own intuition.

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