I know it seems a little much to still be talking (or blogging) about the holiday season when its nearly the end of the January but since this has been a surprisingly busy month, I'm only just getting around to writing this post so please stick with me, it is relevant. Sort of.
So as predicted, my Christmas largely revolved round food and drink. The miniature mince pies from my last post went down extremely well in the office on our last day and then it was off to my parents for lots of wine and holiday foods. This included my cooking my first ever Christmas dinner, of which I'm still quite proud followed by a horrendous amount of chocolates, wine and christmas pudding. Not surprisingly I also received plenty of food related Christmas gifts, including stacks of new cookbooks so I'll be doing some review posts once I've had a chance to use them properly.
I spent the final portion of the holiday in Liverpool visiting Dave's family which meant the opportunity to enjoy more festive eating and drinking - this is where we meet the loaf cake. I sampled my first slice of 'apple crumble loaf' at Leaf, one of my favourite tea shops (their autumn fire tea is my current favourite for the cold weather) and have been trying to work out how to recreate it ever since. Having been too shy to ask for the recipe or any of the ingredients I tried a (pretty unhelpful) google search, and then thought the best way to figure it out would be with trial and error.