I was lucky enough to be sent a box of the Gin Festival’s monthly gin treats. I was pretty thrilled when the box turned up – I’d had a crappy day and it was such a box of delights – beautifully presented artisan gin samples, two bottles of lovely tonic as well as some treats. Did you know biscotti was originally made for dunking in booze? Nope, me neither.
My challenge was to come up with a way of baking with gin. Baking?!
I’ve never put booze in a cake, Christmas Cake aside (which thinking about it, I might not have even done that because the only Christmas Cake I ever made was in Home Ec when I was 10, and I’m pretty sure we weren’t allowed booze…though it was the 90’s so I could be wrong)
I thought I would change one of my favourite cake recipes to add in some gin deliciousness. Hence the Loaf Cake – I’ve made it before, and it’s easy and yum. I was really pleased with how this turned out (considering I did not cream the butter enough – guys!! Cream your butter properly!!) It’s still super tasty though, with a most pleasing fumey aftertaste of gin. Really good. Especially pleased that using the Sloe Gin made the icing nice and pink without having to use any nasty food colouring!