I’ve been into quite simple bakes lately. Things I can cut up easily and don’t get destroyed on the commute to work. This time I decided to spice up a simple recipe, with you guessed it… Gin. Not just any gin, X Gin.
Today I’m sharing with you my Raspberry and X Gin White Chocolate Loaf recipe. X Gin is a wonderful gin I got in last month’s Gin Explorer Box. It’s a rich and seductive gin that is served with cocoa nibs and raspberry.
Because of it’s vanilla and cocoa hints I thought this would be the perfect cake to bake and share with friends. I only used a little of my X Gin (so the raspberries weren’t too soggy) so I managed to have a small G&T with the rest. It was rather delicious! I definitely got the sweeter hints from this gin.
- 225g Butter, softened
- 225g Caster sugar
- 4 Eggs, beaten
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 225g Self-raising flour, sifted
- 150g Fresh raspberries, soaked overnight in a little X Gin, then drained
- 175g White chocolate chips
- 150g White Chocolate, melted
- Some White Chocolate Buttons or Chocolate Chips
- Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line a loaf tin with baking parchment or use a silicone loaf tin (I did but remember to reduce the cooking time).
- Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Then add the eggs, along with the vanilla, stir through.
- Fold in the flour until you have a smooth mixture. Then stir in the fruit and white chocolate chips.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Leave to cool in the tin for a few mins, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
- When cool, melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Drizzle the chocolate over the top of the loaf and decorate.
- Omit the gin, it works just as well without it if booze isn't your thing.
The cake is best served with a few fresh raspberries and an X Gin & T, but I think a brew would be alright if you preferred. Mr W’s colleagues really rather enjoyed the cake, which he took to work with him for a charity sale.
If you’re interested in trying new gins, the Gin Explorer Box is available on a month to month subscription of £24.99 a box, or 3 months at £69.99 pre pay. I believe it’s quite wonderful to go on a gin journey so I highly recommend checking this box out!
Have you baked with gin before? Are you a boozy baker? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Thanks to Gin Explorer for sending me my wonderful Gin Explorer Box. As ever all words, opinions and photos are my own.