Christmas is a piece of One’s Home that One carries in one’s heart. For me, home is the smell of bread, cakes, spices, and noodles. Waking up to that warm waft of spice left over from yesterday’s cooking, only for it to mingle with something baked early in the morning.
It’s the windows running as the cold chill air tries to penetrate the warm sanctuary of my kitchen. Its dim lights, blankets, and the whirr of the oven fan.
This loaf is that smell of home. Winter Citrus, herbaceous rosemary and that unparalleled warmth of eggs, butter, sugar, and flour as some magic transforms them into a dense but light mouthful of joy.
230g Unsalted Butter, room temperature, plus extra for greasing
250g Golden Caster Sugar (try to use Golden for its caramel note)
3 Clementines, zest
1tsp Rosemary, finely chopped
4 Large Eggs, room temperature
250g Plain Flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Orange Extract
2 tbsp Yuzu Juice (or clementine juice)
90g Greek Yogurt
50g Candied Yuzu (or candied orange), finely chopped
1. Preheat oven 170C. Brush a medium loaf pan with butter and lightly flour. Pop into the fridge to chill.
2. Add the butter, sugar, zest, and rosemary to the base of a stand mixer and beat 5-6 minutes or until pale, light, and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each addition. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk the yogurt with the orange extract and yuzu in a jug.
4. Add the half the flour and half the yogurt mixture to the butter mixture and gently mix, taking care not to knock out the air. Continue with the remaining flour and yogurt mixtures and mix until only just homogenous.
5. Fold through the candied yuzu, a few lumps is better than over mixing.
6. Spoon the batter into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Tap the tin on the worksurface 4 or 5 times to release any air bubbles.
7. Bake in the oven for 80-90 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
8. Allow to stand in the tin for 0 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely
9. Glazed with warm orange or lemon curd and allow to set before serving.