Gluten free apricot, orange and pecan loaf cake.

Let’s Bake Gluten Free – Apricot, Orange & Pecan Loaf

I can’t put it off any longer – I have to finish decorating our hallway.  A few years ago I repaired the walls and painted them white, with the plan that I would tackle the redecoration later.  I have agonised over this area so much because the requirements for this area are full of contradictions: we need storage but have limited space; we need to make the most out of the limited light but want our hallway to be cosy and welcoming; and I want it to have the same homespun characterful charm as the rest of the house but narrow spaces aren’t conducive with this.  But where there is a will – THERE WILL BE A WAY!!!

Victorian terrace hallway.

Victorian terrace hallway.

Anyway, I will talk more about our hallway and landing later.  The reason I mention the hallway is that it is an overwhelmingly large space to decorate and I need sustenance to keep me going.  Now, I can either run to the corner shop every day for chocolate or plan for this mammoth task by baking some form of loaf cake that is great for a boost of energy and has a little more nutritional value than chocolate.  I decided to bake a ‘healthy heart’ recipe that my mum gave me a few years ago, which I have tweaked a little.  It is a recipe for a gluten free apricot, orange and pecan loaf but it works equally well with walnuts – the headlining nut superfood!

Gluten free apricot, orange and pecan loaf cake.

Gluten free apricot, orange and pecan loaf cake.

Anyway, one loaf will not be enough for the task ahead so I will need to bake a few more of these to keep me going over the next few weeks of hallway painting and decorating.  This loaf can be sliced and frozen in individual portions and called upon in situations when energy levels are desperately low.  Wish me luck – I am feeling like I will need it!


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