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Sunday, 20 January 2008

Cranberry & Satsuma Mini Cake Loaves

My entry for the "Wholesome Lunchbox"

Cranberry & Satsuma Mini Cake Loaves

Margot over at Coffee & Vanilla is hosting the “Wholesome Lunchbox”, which is running until 15th of February (midnight, UK time). As Margot outlines, this is not only for children’s lunchboxes but also for adults, so get your thinking caps on folks and head over to Margot’s blog for all information and hopefully to participate.

My initial idea was to bake flapjacks for this challenge, but I wanted to come up with a recipe that could be baked either as mini loaves, 900g (2lb) loaf or muffins. The only difference would be the length of time it takes for them to be baked.

I thought this would be a great challenge for me to bake something that isn’t overtly sweet, but packed with the goodness of cranberries, satsuma and low fat natural yougurt. I lowered the sugar measurements in this bake, which still gives the cranberries that slight sour edge ,which burst into the fluffiness of the sponge. Of course blueberries would also be a wonderful combination too instead of cranberries. If using frozen fruit don’t thaw them prior, add them frozen to the cake batter.

I am entering my mini loaves into the Snack/Treat section of the "Wholesome Lunchbox." They are simple to prepare and take only 20 – 25 minutes to bake and will freeze perfectly well to have at hand anytime should you wish to place one into a packed lunchbox at short notice.

Close up shot of the Cranberry & Satsuma Mini Cake Loaves

Cranberry & Satsuma Mini Cake Loaves

Makes 12 mini cake loaves

100ml (4 fl oz) sunflower oil or another unflavoured oil
100ml (4 fl oz) low fat natural yogurt
100g (4 oz) caster sugar
Zest and juice of 1 satsuma
3 medium eggs, beaten
175g (6 oz) plain flour
1½ tsp baking powder
175g (6 oz) cranberries, fresh or frozen
To decorate
A little icing sugar to dust over the cooled baked loaves

You will need 12-hole mini loaf tin, greased in each hole with a little oil.


Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

In a sieve over a large mixing bowl sieve the flour and baking powder. Add the cranberries and mix through with your hands to coat the fruit in flour.

In another mixing bowl add the sunflower oil, low fat natural yogurt, caster sugar beaten eggs, zest and juice of satsuma; whisk all the ingredients together until combined. Now add the mixture to the flour, baking powder and cranberries, folding gently through until fully combined.

Spoon into the mini loaf tins, they should be filled three quarters full. Place into the preheated oven to bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to completely cool. When cold sieve a little icing sugar over the top of each mini loaf.

If using frozen berries don’t thaw prior use from frozen.

Re-calculate the time for baking if making a large loaf or muffins. I would bake the larger loaf for approximately 45 - 50 minutes and the muffins 25 – 30 minutes, but please check before baking time is up as different ovens vary in temperature and some have hot spots. If the tops are browning to quickly, place a sheet of non-stick baking paper over the top until finished baking time.

I would also recommend lining a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin with baking paper to bake the larger loaf cake to ensure the mixture doesn’t stick to the sides.

Muffin paper cases if making muffins and this recipe will easily make 12 (depending on size of paper cases you use it maybe more).

If freezing leave out the icing sugar on top of the mini loaves.


Mansi Desai said...

Rosie! that bred looks awesome! I am thiking of baking the cranberry bread since a long time now...satsuma, that's totally new to me; I'm looking it up in wiki:)

thanks for visiting my blog, and I'd be happy if you could participate in the Game Night Event I'm hosting on my blog this month:)

Jeena said...

Rosie these mini loaf cakes are wondeful. I love using fruit juices in baking so I really get a taste in my mouth of how delicious thee cakes are. They look so lovely. I would love to see your flapjacks sometime too Rosie I bet they are great. :-)

Happy cook said...

Yeah like Manasi said I have no idea what satsuma is. I should also look up Wilki.
It look indeed healthy.
I have never mase cranberry cake.
Looks delicious.

Rosie said...

Hi Mansi, thank you for visiting my blog too and also for your very kind comment! Oops I hope I haven’t misled you with my title to this post so I have now altered it and sorry for any misunderstanding on my part.

I have just had a look at your event and hopefully I can come up with some form of dessert for this. I hopefully will be posting something soon :D

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Jeena, I have such a fondness for fruit and I do try to add to my bakes where possible. I promise to bake some flapjacks and get them posted soon :D

Hi Happy, Satsuma is like a small orange with no seeds and about the size of a mandarin orange. Orange can be used instead of a satsuma in this recipe but I'd suggest using only half of the zest or juice.

Thanks ladies for your kind comments and also for calling by :D

Rosie x

Claire said...

Rosie, they look really lovely & so cute too :)

Coffee & Vanilla said...


Thank you for submitting those wonderful loaves for Wholesome Lunchbox event!! I would love to have them in my lunchbox if I wasn't working from home :) But I will try them anyway... I bet they taste great with morning coffee! :)

Steph said...

Wow These look so good! I wish they were in my lunch box :)

Bellini Valli said...

I came over here from David's site Rosie. I am enjoying all that I see so far with your use of local ingredients. As an aside my parents are from Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire and practically all my relatives still live there!!

Donna said...

Geez Rosie!! LOL...They look WONDERFUL Girl!! I can almost taste them!! Have a happy evening!!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Mmmm, sounds deliciou.

Pixie said...

Rosie, I have the perfect heart muffin tray for those lovely cakes of yours! Thanks for sharing. :)

Cakelaw said...

Yum, Rosie - I'd take these for lunch any day.

Rosie said...

Hi Claire, thank you and I was in awe over your cookalong with Gordon Ramsay live on Friday :D

Hi Margot, thank you, I couldn’t wait to come up with something for your Food Event of “The Wholesome Lunchbox”. Absolutely brilliant idea of yours!!

Hi Steph, thank you , what a treat is was to call by your blog and view your yummy goodies :D All the very best too in your move!

Hi Bellini, wow what a coincidence your parents and relatives coming from Lincolnshire too. I’m hoping very soon to buy some outstanding Lincolnshire sausages and blog about them. I try to use local produce were possible and we have great farmers shops near by that sell from their farms. I called by your blog and I am so pleased to have found yet another wonderful blog to read :D

Hi Donna, thanks sweetie and I hope you are putting those feet up to rest that poorly knee of yours !!

Hi Kelly, thank you, your honey & oat bread made me – drool :D

Hi Pixie, Oooooooh heart shaped loaves what a brilliant idea!! Perfect for the cranberries as they bleed through the sponge what an inspiration you are :D

Hi Cakelaw, they are not overtly sweet and quite refreshing, wish I could pass you one to try :D

Thank you all for calling by and as always your very kind comments too!

Rosie x

Maria said...

Oh now these are so cute. They turned out a wonderful treat ;o)


Cooking and the City said...

Wow Rosie these look so delicious, please what time should I arrive for afternoon tea! :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, as always thank you. I really enjoyed making these mini loave cakes such fun :D

Hi C & T C, you can call anytime I'll have something sweet & lush waiting for you ;D

Rosie x

Namratha said...

Those Mini loaves are adorable Rosie, I hopped over from Happy's blog :) Glad to have come across your blog..

Rosie said...

Hi namratha, lovely to *see* you here!! I had a look at your wonderful site too pleased to have found you!!

Thank you for your lovely comment very kind of you :)

Rosie x

Carolyn said...

These look fabulous - perfect for lucnhes - mine especially :)

Rosie said...

Hi Carolyn, thank you, I hope you will try out my recipe. Thanks for popping by and always lovely to *see* you :D

Rosie x