Madeira mini loaves with marmalade glaze

aga, cakes

Sometimes you need to revisit those old classics – you know the ones! The recipe book pages and stuck together with mixture, your great gran’s hand writing is is a light shade of its former self. This recipe is perfect example since a Madeira cake is a staple in any baker’s files. Will Torrent in his quite wonderful book Afternoon Tea at Home has given such a twist to the humble Madeira and I recommend you give it a whirl. I have adapted it slightly ( I adore hazelnuts, so I omitted the suggested ground almonds and substituted ground hazelnuts) and also adapted for the Thermomix.

In the Thermomix I whisked it up in a minute and baked in mini loaf pans. You may know I love this 6 section loaf pan because you can freeze most of them and because of their size they are super quick to defrost – for unexpected guests or unexpected hunger pangs! If you want to make in bigger pans it will make 2x 450g loaves and will serve 10-12.

If you don’t make in the Thermomix simply cream butter and sugar, gradually add whisked eggs and vanilla, before adding flour and ground nuts- simple!

You’ll need

  • 250g unsalted butter 
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • Finely grated zest of a lemon and orange
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 280g self raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 100g ground hazelnuts
  • 40 ml whole milk

For the marmalade glaze

  • 30g marmalade
  • 30ghoney
  • 50g toasted nuts ( I used almonds, but you could substitute with macadamia or other nut)


PREHEAT OVEN 170°C/325°F (I used the baking oven of aga with the cold shelf in place)

Grind hazelnuts on speed 9 if you need to and set aside

If you need to soften butter do this sp4 50°

Insert butterfly whisk and beat softened butter, grated rinds, and caster sugar sp4 until light and fluffy.

Add lightly beaten eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt and ground nuts and beat sp3/4 until well mixed.

Finally add milk and mix for a few more seconds.

Divide between prepared pans  of  your choice.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes for the large loaf tins or 35 for the small. Check for doneness.

Warm marmalade and  honey and brush tops of loaves. Scatter toasted nuts over the marmalade glaze.


Happy baking 

Posted by

hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

7 thoughts on “Madeira mini loaves with marmalade glaze”

i'd love to hear from you...

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s