Home Made Fruit Loaf using Bran Flakes
How To Bake An Easy And Delicious Home Made Fruit Malt Loaf
Mmmm, a deliciously, mouthwatering thought. But it is possible to make a healthy, low GI malt loaf very easily using breakfast cereals.Simply soak the cereals for a couple of hours, mix with the other ingredients and bake in the oven. What could be simpler?
In no time at all you will be able to cut yourself a slice or two and enjoy them buttered with a cup of rosy lee ( that's tea to the uninitiated).
On this page, I will let you into the secret, passed down through three generations of mums, of how to do it and even give you an alternative for those who are not so particular about the calories.
All photographs by myself taken when I tried this recipe out for you.
Instructions To Make A Delicious Fruit Malt Loaf
From Breakfast Cereals
Fruit malt loaf from breakfast cereal? Absolutely, the main ingredient is All-Bran or a similar product. I have enjoyed the results of this recipe from my daughter-in-law who tells me that it was passed on from her grandmother. I am not sure how long breakfast cereals have been on the market but there must have been something similar available to her grandmother, when she made it. But today we can buy them in packets from the local store, how convenient!
To start with, take 1/4 of a 750gm packet of All-Bran (or similar) put into a bowl and just cover with skimmed milk.The bran will immediately start to absorb the milk, so wait a little then add a touch more milk. Put into a cool place and leave for approximately 2 hours. On my first attempt, I was a little unsure of how much milk to use and as the bran soaked up the milk, I added a little more on a couple of occasions. The more you add, the more moist will be the resulting loaf. However, you do not want to add too much milk as the loaf will become "mushy". You can always add more in the mixing stage, so err on the low side.
The remaining ingredients are sultanas (100gm) and a cupful of wholemeal flour. My wife thought I was silly when I asked what size cup. Apparently, a cook just knows these things but I used a fairly small cup as opposed to a small mug, if that helps. If you have put too much milk in the mixture a little more flour will help to soak it up.
I turned the bran/milk mixture once or twice to help decide if more milk was needed, trying to keep it fairly moist, knowing that I was going to add my cups of flour. After the two hours or so, I added the flour and the sultanas and mixed them well.
This amount of ingredients will make a loaf using a 20cm (8inch) loaf tin. Don't forget to grease the tin before turning the mixture into it. Cover with greaseproof paper and put into an oven at 170 degC / 350 deg F / gas mark 3 for approximately one to one and a quarter hours. Maybe less if you have a fan oven, follow manufacturer's advice.
Turn out on to a wire cooling rack and leave to cool. Slice thinly and serve with butter or your favourite spread and a refreshing cup of tea.
You might notice that this is a low GI product and contains no sugar or fat, a very healthy and delicious option. My wife is diabetic so is very much looking forward to my making this little treat often.
The Ingredients For Fruit Malt Loaf
Using All-Bran Breakfast Cereal
- 250gm All-Bran or similar Breakfast cereal
- Skimmed milk, to make the mixture moist ( I used approximately 450 ml)
- 100gm sultanas ( or as an alternative raisins are just as good)
- 1 cupful of wholemeal flour
That's it a simple and straightforward list.
The amount of milk is best found by experience, and will depend on the exact cereal which is used. Add just enough to cover the cereal but it will get absorbed as the mixture stands. If the mixture really is too sloppy before turning into the loaf tin, you could add more flour however I think it best to be careful about adding too much in the first place. on the gounds that it is much easier to add milk than to take it away.
Raisins / Sultanas
Although sultanas are made from seedless grapes, in many instances they are used interchangeably. Consider Raisin Bran the common and popular cereal in the states which is known as Sultana Bran elsewhere in the world.
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Basic item needed for mixing. I find most plastic bowls too light and they will move about when mixing. Also Pyrex can be used for other jobs around the kitchen
After taking your loaf out of the oven you will need to allow it to cool, a trivet of wire rack is ideal.
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I have to confess thaton one occasion I forgot to grease my non-stick bread tin and I had to cut the loaf out of the tin after baking. Waste of food and the baking tin was spoilt as the non-stick coating was sticking to the sides of the loaf and was pulled off. Maybe the tin was a cheap product but it had done its job well enough in the past. Now however, I have found..... silicone bakeware. The more I use this the better I like it.
I have however found a wonderful alternative. A silicone bread tin. So easy to use and especially easy to clean. A real joy to use. I am trying to talk my wife into getting more silicone bakeware. the only issue is that you need to remember to put it onto a baking tray for ease of handling.
And Now For An Alternative Recilpe
If you would like a more sponge-like bite, try this Weetabix cake
An Alternative Recipe For A Fruit Cake
Using Weetabix Or A Similar Product
Ingredients For The Weetabix cake
- 3 weetabix
- 200gm (7oz) sultanas
- 200gm (7oz) brown sugar (optional only)
- 225gm (8oz) self-raising flour
- 300ml (1/2 pt) milk
- 1 egg
Again leave the Weetabix to soak in the milk for a couple of hours. Then mix in the rest of the ingredients well. Turn into a well greased loaf tin(s) and bake as above.
This recipe includes sugar but again no fat, so not quite such a healthy eat, but should still raise a few satisfied grins when offered to guests, when they taste it. Of course you can leave the sugar out altogether, it is not necessary. I have in fact done this myself just to try it and found it very acceptable.
Since posting these recipes (written several weeks ago now), I have made at least one of them per week to eat as a snack during the day, instead of biscuits or other less healthy cakes. Without altering my diet in any other way I have managed to lose a few pounds which can't be a bad thing.
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