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Sunday, 23 September 2007

Chocolate-Orange Mini Loaves with Chocolate-Orange Ganache

This recipe came about by my having a bar of Green & Black’s Maya Gold that needed to be utilised in a bake. This chocolate has a warm spicy orange flavour to it. Prior, I’d also purchased a cute little 6-holed mini loaf tin, which I was yearning to try out!

I find irresistible that chocolate-orange combination; consequently it wasn’t that difficult for me to come up with this recipe. The sponge is very light with an arrangement of distinctive flavours; the ganache gives finishing touches of pure silkiness. I love the way the ganache drapes down the sides of the sponge. I like to add a finishing touch of a retro orange jelly on top. Sheer indulgence for that special treat you’ve been waiting for!

6-hole Mini Loaf Tin with Chocolate-Orange Loaves

Chocolate-Orange Mini Loaves with Chocolate-Orange Ganache

Makes 6 mini loaves

75g (3 oz) self-raising flour
25g (1 oz) cocoa powder
110g (4 oz) soft butter
110g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Zest of medium orange
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
A little butter and cocoa powder for lining the tin(s)
For The Ganache
50g (2 oz) Green & Black’s Mayan Gold chocolate or orange flavoured chocolate
3 tbsp double cream
6 orange flavoured jelly sweets for decoration


You will need a 6-hole mini loaf tin or a 450g (1lb) loaf tin. Grease the tin(s) with butter and add a little cocoa into each tin. Tap the tin(s) to let the cocoa coat and then tap out the excess and throw away.

Preheat oven to 200°C/fan oven 180°C/400°F/Gas mark 6.

In a bowl add the butter, sugar and orange zest then beat until fluffy and light. Add a little of the beaten egg at a time until all combined. Sift the flour and cocoa together and fold gently into the mixture. Add the orange juice and gently fold in until all combined.

Spoon the mixture equally into the mini loaf tin or large loaf tin, and smooth the top(s) with a knife or spatula.

Place into the preheated oven on a middle shelf for 15 – 20 minutes or until firm to the touch and cooked. You can also test by inserting a skewer into the middle of a loaf and it should come out clean when cooked.

Leave to cool in the tin(s) on a wire rack for 10 minutes before turning out to finish cooling.

To make the ganache: In a bowl placed onto a saucepan of simmering water, add the chocolate and cream until melted. Give the ganache a good stir with a wooden spoon until glossy. Add a tbsp of the ganache over each mini loaf or all over a large loaf and let it drizzle down the sides. Place the jelly sweets onto the top of each mini loaf of loaf to decorate.

Note: If you want a flat top to your mini loaves (loaf), using a segregated knife cut the dome off the top. You must wait until the sponge is completely cooled before doing this or it will crumble.


Jules said...

These look gorgeous!

Happy cook said...

Chocolate and Orange that is always a great combo.
Can i make the cake in one big loaf, don't have the mini ones.

Antonia said...

I love Maya Gold chocolate - I quite often use it as a substitute in chocolate recipes. It is great for chocolate brownies for example. These are gorgeous - I love the way the ganache is so glossy!

Rosie said...

Hi Jules, thank you for your kind comment and lovely to *see* you here.

Hi happy cook, I would suggest using a 450g (1lb) loaf tin or you could double the recipe and make a 900g (2lb) loaf or even a Victoria cake by filling the centre with whipped cream and orange segments and glaze the top with ganache perhaps?

Hi antonia, mmmm chocolate brownies now you’ve given me a great idea J Thank you for your kind comments.

I will be peeking in at your wonderful blogs to view and making a few comments. Thank you for visiting and adding comments :-)

Rosie x

Ange said...

Yum, I love the choc orange combo in anything too! Have been trying to find a mini loaf pan for ages with no luck, will have to keep on hunting...

Happy cook said...

Rosie thankx for the info

Rosie said...

My pleasure happy cook - happy baking :-)

InfoxicatingLady said...

Can I ask where you got the mini loaf tin from?
My daughter is turning 6 at the end of November, and wants this cake. Of course, over breakfast this morning she tells me that one of the kids she wants to invite is lactose and gluten free.
I'm thinking about making mini presents for each kid, because of this (and freezing the rest of the lf/gf batch for my baby, who is now on an elimination diet), so the mini loaf tin would be exactly what I need.
TIA :)

Rosie said...

Hi InfoxicatingLady, I brought my mini loaf tins from T.K.Max. I really like this store for baking tins and the price is very good too. What a great idea to bake little cakes for mini presents. The cake looks really lovely you are planning on baking for your daughter’s birthday :)

Best wishes Rosie x