With Mothers Day just around the corner I thought it best to share a recipe that was just for the adults. There is not a sprinkle, choc drop or flowery shape cutter in sight. There is however coffee, making it an easy no-share treat just for the adults. This Coffee Walnut Loaf is sweet and nutty with a nice little coffee kick to it.
You might like to bake this for your own mother, for a mother you know or for yourself. Even better, print it out and leave it on the kitchen bench for someone else to make for you.
Coffee Walnut Loaf
150g (1 ½ cups) walnuts
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
125ml (½ cup) milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee
200g (1 1/3 cups) self raising flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line your loaf pan.
- Toast your walnuts. Chop half of them and set aside.
- Stir your butter, sugar, milk and coffee in a small saucepan oven low heat to melt.
- Sift flour and cinnamon into a bowl.
- Lightly beat your eggs and stir into the flour.
- Add your butter mixture and the chopped walnuts. Stir to combine.
- Pour your mixture into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and quickly top the loaf with your remaining walnuts. Return to the oven and continue to bake for a further 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool top side up on a wire rack.
While this icing is entirely optional I do highly recommend it because no one can resist anything with a good squiggly drizzle of icing on it. And because it is a great way to sneak in a bit more of the coffee flavour.
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon boiling water
160g (1 cup) icing sugar
10g butter, softened
- Combine your coffee and boiling water, stir to dissolve.
- Sift your icing sugar into a heatproof bowl and stir in the butter.
- Add your coffee mixture and continue stirring to form a paste.
- Place your bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until your icing is a thin consistency.
- While still warm, drizzle your icing over the loaf and stand until set.
This Coffee Walnut loaf is delicious fresh and served with a big mug of coffee of course. After a couple of days, when it has lost its freshly baked bounce, I found that you could serve it in big thick slices with a smear of butter on top.
To all of the mothers out there, I give you a big virtual slice of this Coffee Walnut Loaf, and wish you a happy mothers day. I hope you get the chance to put your feet up and get showered in the love and affection that you deserve.
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