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Sesame, peach & honey loaf cake

Sesame, peach & honey loaf cake

This is a pleasingly dense tea cake, gently scented with sesame oil, lemon zest and fresh peaches. Coating the still-warm cake with orange blossom honey creates an instant glaze.

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VegetarianHigh in vitamin E
  • Serves10
  • CourseSnack
  • Prepare30 mins
  • Cook1 hr 20 mins
  • Total time1 hr 50 mins

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  • 125ml sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 20ml toasted sesame oil
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp orange blossom honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 unwaxed lemons, zest plus 2 tbsp juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 2 ripe peaches, 1 finely chopped and 1 thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Grease and line a 900g loaf tin. Use electric beaters to beat the sunflower and sesame oils with the sugar and 1 tbsp honey until combined. Add the eggs and beat for 4 minutes until the mixture has thickened and increased in volume by about ⅓. Briefly beat in the lemon zest, juice and vanilla, then use a spatula to fold in the flour, baking powder and almonds to form a thick batter with a dropping consistency. Fold in the chopped peaches. Tip the batter into the tin, smooth the top and sprinkle evenly with the sesame seeds. Arrange the thinly sliced peaches in a fan shape on top of the batter.

  2. Bake for 1 hour-1 hour 20 minutes, turning the tin round halfway, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Check the cake after 50 minutes and if the top is browning too fast, cover loosely with foil. Drizzle the remaining 2 tbsp honey over the entire surface of the cake, then leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove from the tin, peeling the paper away and leave on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. The loaf will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for 5 days.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,468kJ/ 351kcals



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