CHOCOLATE CHIP MARZIPAN LOAF
Makes 1 Loaf
115g / 4oz/ 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
150g / 5oz/ scant 1 cup light muscovado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
45 ml / 3 tbsp cocoa powder
150g / 5oz/ 1 1/4 cups self-raisins flour
130g / 3 1/2oz marzipan
60ml /4 tbsp plain chocolate chips
1 Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas 4.
Grease a 900g / 2lb loaf tin and line the base with non-stick baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
2 Add the eggs to the creamed mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition to combine.
3 Sift the cocoa and flour over the mixture and fold in evenly
4 Chop the marzipan into small pieces with a sharp knife. Tip into a bowl and mix with the chocolate chips. Set aside about 60ml / 4 tbsp and fold the rest evenly into the cake mixture.
5 Scrape the mixture into the prepared tin, level the top and scatter with the reserved marzipan and chocolate chips.
6 Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf is risen and firm. Cool for a few minutes in the tin, then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.