It’s was a funny old week, last week – it was bitterly cold at work, a kind of ends of toes are frozen, and I can’t get warm feeling. To make me feel better, I was planning on a Sunday of creating and baking in the kitchen. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, I just knew I wanted to.
But on our Friday evening trip to Waitrose, Ian announced that he was going to spend Saturday baking which put the brakes on my baking. As I’m back on track with my Weight Watchers, I was going to bake for Ian to take to work this week. Alas he created flapjacks, bread, rolls and our dinner; then he only went and blogged them; talk about feeling a little put out. However, it is lovely to come home and not have to worry about anything, and it’s nice that he’s into food as much as me.
With all these baked goodies around the house (there are still Nigella brownies in the tin), and me trying to be exceptionally good, I was feeling a little left out. As it’s my day-off I decided that I would bake, but it would be something that I could have, that was mine to eat with a cuppa in the morning, afternoon or evening, without feeling too guilty!
Say hello, to the good old Bran Fruit Loaf; adapted and passed down through generations. There a hundreds of different recipes out there from 1 cup of each ingredient to precise measurements. Mine is a measured recipe, and one that my Granny passed to me.
Whilst there’s a reduced amount of sugar in the recipe (healthy), added sweetness comes from the dried fruit and a little golden syrup, and the bran helps to keep those hunger pangs at bay. Healthy bonus #3 is that there is no added fat, unless you slather a slice with lovely, creamy butter *drool* (bad diet thoughts, bad diet thoughts). Must focus on the healthy side….
Whilst it’s not the most attractive baked good on the planet, it does weigh in at 3 Weight Watchers ProPoints for a slice, about 35g, and therefore makes a low point but naughty-ish snack. I must admit that on those cold days at work sitting down to a mid-morning cuppa and a slice of bran fruit loaf is my guilty pleasure. Now if that snow arrives down here this week, at least I’ve got something to go with my warming cuppa!
Bran Fruit Loaf
This Bran Fruit Loaf is a good mid-morning boost that will keep you going until lunchtime. If you’re feeling naughty, add a spread of butter for a little indulgence.
100 g Bran Cereal - All Bran or Bran Flakes
100 g Caster sugar
100 g Self-raising Flour
300 ml Skimmed milk
170 g Sultana
50 g Glace Cherries
1 tsp Golden syrup
- Add the bran cereal, caster sugar, sultanas, cherries and Golden Syrup into a large mixing bowl
- Add the milk and mix well
- Leave to soak for at least 1 hour, or over night if possible
- Line a 1lb loaf tin
- Preheat oven to 180ºC
- Sieve the flour and fold into the soaked ingredients
- Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin
- Bake for 40 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean
- Allow the loaf to cool in the tin, then turn out onto a cooling rack
- To keep on track of portion control or Weight Watchers points, once the loaf is cooled slice into 12 even proportions.