In the brilliant book BakeClass they refer to today’s recipe as a ‘cake’, perhaps becuase it is so light and airy, but I’d classify it as more of a loaf or bread. Mostly because it bakes in a loaf pan and has a drizzling of icing not a layer of icing piled on top.
Looking for quick, easy and minimal dishes plus light, moist and sweet, here is a winner. No mixer required and you can make it at the last minute and not worry about room temperature butter since you use a saucepan! Yup, a saucepan!
If you have self-rising flour in your pantry you won’t even need a measuring spoon. No self-rising flour?? No worries, measure 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt into a dry 1-cup measure and top with all-purpose flour. Make sure to give a good mix before adding to the recipe.
This comes together quickly so make sure your oven is preheated to 325F and your 9×5-inch loaf pan is greased and lined with parchment paper (with an overhang for easy removal).
Pecans would be my first preference for this loaf but walnuts would work great or a combination of pecans and walnuts. Just bake it up next time you require a simple tea cake or a suppliment with your afternoon coffee. Oven’s on you say?! Then let’s get started!
Caramel Pecan Cake
Preheat oven to 325F. Grease and line 9×5-inch loaf pan.
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 3/4 ounces butter, cubed
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, room temperature
3/4 cup, rough chopped pecans
1 cup self-rising flour
1/4 toasted whole pecans – for garnish
1 tbsp golden corn syrup – for garnish to drizzle
Mix together: 1 tbsp water, 2 tbsp golden corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups icing sugar until thick but pourable. Add a little more water if necessary. Set aside for cooled cake.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt together the butter, brown sugar and milk, until the butter just melts. Make sure it is not too hot. Remove from heat and let cool if necessary.
With a wooden spoon or whisk, stir in the egg and pecans. Add the flour and stir until just combined.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface with offset spatula or back of spoon Bake approximatley 35 minutes or until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Once cool, spoon on with Caramel Icing then drizzle on syrup and garnish with remaining pecans.