Sticky malt loaves

Sticky malt loaves

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Makes 2, each cuts into 10 slices
There's something very satisfying about a cup of tea with a slice of buttered malt loaf - this simple, good-for-you version makes two and improves on keeping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal140
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.17g
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  • sunflower oil, for greasing
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  • 150ml hot black tea
  • 175g malt extract, plus extra for glazing (see tip)
  • 85g dark muscovado sugar
  • 300g mixed dried fruit
  • 2 large eggs, beaten



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  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
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  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line the base and ends of two greased 450g/1lb non-stick loaf tins with strips of baking parchment.

  2. Pour the hot tea into a mixing bowl with the malt, sugar and dried fruit. Stir well, then add the eggs.

  3. Tip in the flour, then quickly stir in the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and pour into the prepared tins. Bake for 50 mins until firm and well risen. While still warm, brush with a little more malt to glaze and leave to cool.

  4. Remove from the tins. If you can bear not to eat it straight away, it gets more sticky after wrapping and keeping for 2-5 days. Serve sliced and buttered, if you like.

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12th May, 2013
I found it a bit sweet, but my husband loved it. I have digital scales, and just measured the ingredients straight into a mixing bowl; taring to zero after each addition.
11th May, 2013
Delicious. Easy to make. First time I made it the fruit sank. 2nd time I soaked the fruit in tea for half an hour to plump up. Worked a treat. Didn't bother with the glaze 2nd time. Couldn't be bothered tackling the sticky jar again! Didn't affect the yumminess.
6th May, 2013
Malt extract comes from barley! Amazon have good deals in it. Ali
6th May, 2013
We live in Christchurch and can't get Malt Loaf here either. We are also struggling for the correct size tins. Our best method so far to get around this is to make 'Malffins' which are Malt Loaf muffins! Perfect amount of mixture for a tray of 12!
22nd Jul, 2013
Hi spanmonkey I bought those little tin foil dishes they are just the right size and can be used over and over again .i have made about 20 malt loaves in them. so far I live in auckland
3rd May, 2013
I soaked the fruit overnight as suggested and the loaves tasted lovely. Wasn't sure about them when I removed from the oven but kept them out of temptation's way for two days before slicing and they were moist and tasty!
25th Apr, 2013
The malt extract is liquid.Holland and Barrett sell it online
5th Apr, 2013
I read every comment, going back 2 years. Someone advised malt extract can be obtained at Amazon, but there are a gazillion kinds on Amazon. Can anyone PLEASE advise what kind of malt extract to use? It is VERY difficult to find where I live. Thank you.
4th Apr, 2013
Could you please clarify if the malt extract is liquid, or powder in this recipe, and if the amount would be the same? I live in Montana, USA and need to find a supplier. (I am desperate for some malt loaf - i'm a native Scot *-* ) I would be most grateful for your help. Thank you.
22nd Jul, 2013
Hi anniemt malt extract is liquid thick like syrup I used to give it to my children when they were young as it is good for them I got mine in the my local super market in the health food section I think it is sold in the chemists as well it is in a tin and can be eaten straight from the tin as well I have just looked on my tin of maltexoand it was made in new zealand (where I live) here is the addree send them an e mail and they might be able to give you an addressin montanna. good luck


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