Granny loaf!

I don’t do a great deal of baking at uni, because of lack of equipment, time, or both, but the other night I decided at about 10:30pm that I quite wanted to bake something… I had very few ingredients (no eggs, hardly any butter…) but looked in the trusty Be-Ro book and found something called ‘Granny loaf’. It’s probably one of the few recipes in that book that I have neither made nor eaten, and the ingredients list (as well as the name) was a bit odd: milk was the only fat, and hardly any sugar. Well, I thought it was worth a try, and it turned out to be very nice: somewhere between a giant rock bun and a scone…


225g self-raising flour

25g sugar (the original recipe says brown sugar, but I only had white and it turned out OK!)

75g raisins

50g chopped walnuts (another ingredient I didn’t have, so I replaced them with extra raisins)

1 tablespoon golden syrup

150ml milk


– Preheat oven to 180c and grease a 6 inch round cake tin.

– Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

– Add the milk and syrup and beat for a couple of minutes until soft. I was using a wooden spoon and it didn’t seem to soften that much, so I added a little extra milk.

– Put the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 45 mins.

– Eat warm, with or without butter.