After a lovely pub lunch with friends today, I was walking home with my husband when it started pouring with rain. Smug in the knowledge that I had my new umbrella in my bag, I pulled it out only to be shattered by the sight of a pathetically small, already-a-bit broken excuse for an umbrella. We struggled up the road arm in arm, trying to keep the rain out, but it was no good. We ended up soaked, slipping in our shoes that were chosen in sunnier times. We rolled in the door, had a warm shower, put our PJ’s on and got ready to snuggle down for the night.
The winter feel of the afternoon made me crave something warm and tasty. Nothing says comfort food to me like some sweet, sticky bread that you can eat on the sofa in front of an old movie (Taladega Nights if you’re wondering). These take no time at all and there’s no waiting around for the dough to rise.
3 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
100g butter, chopped up small
1 cup milk
1 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup sultanas (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and grease a medium sized cake tin. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and combine using your fingertips until it looks like a fine crumb. Add the milk to the dry ingredients.
Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 30 seconds, bringing it all together into a ball. Roll the dough out to a rectangle shape about 1cm high. Spread the marmalade over the top, and then sprinkle the sultanas over the top (if using). Roll up from the long side into one long roll. Cut the dough into about 10 pieces and place, cut side up, into your greased cake tin.
Bake for about 35 mins or until lightly browned. Best served still warm with a big cup of tea, on the sofa, in your PJ’s.