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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Tired Gourmet - Yummy Nummy Chocolate Rummy Spice Loaf

okay, let's try it...

holy freaking good!

why are there pics of me eating this cake...

yes, i've done it again.  I am a genius.

Yummy Nummy Chocolate Rummy Spice Loaf
What a ridiculous name for a cake.  I agree.  Catchy though, no?

You know what The Man likes?  Get your head out of the gutter, we're talking about baked goods here.  The Man is INSANE for a combination involving all those spice-cakey spices (ie; cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc) and chocolate.  He thinks it's right on.  He also loves any baked good in a loaf form. I could take chocolate chip cookie dough, bake it in a loaf pan...he'd be happy.  I could probably make a pumpkin pie -- in a loaf pan...he'd be happy. I don't know what it is about the loaf pan, or that combo of cinnamon and chocolate.  Me?  I like cheddar cheese melted all over pretty much everything, but like I said, we're talking about cakes. 

So, for The Man's birthday this year, he wanted some sort of loaf, and not a cake.  Also, I was very tired and supa dupa grouchy on his birthday (aren't I a gem?) and wasn't loving the idea of all the extra dishes baking creates.  PLUS, I didn't feel like making anything too complicated, which involved using my brain.  ALSO, it's moving closer to winter, and I was craving something warm, and festive-ish.  So, lazy plus loaf plus warm plus festive equals one INCREDIBLY YUMMY LAZY BOOZY CAKE!  HOORAY!  I had just made the Christmas cake not too long beforehand, so I still had that dark liquor quality on the brain. 

Remember:  you're lazy, I'm lazy, and together we can make a fantastic loaf--a loaf so great it is worthy of being brought to peoples' homes when all those exhausting holiday parties start rolling. 


Okay, so you've got a large bowl, a two-cup measuring cup, and a greased loaf pan, right?  Oh, and a separate mug or microwave safe container for melting butter. 

Prep Time:
  I didn't time it.  I was tired and grouchy.  Let me know how long it takes you. 
Serves:  several people, or only a few once you taste it and realise how moist and irresistable it is.

* Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Dry Ingredients for Large Bowl:1) 1 cup cake & pastry flour (don't whine, just buy a bag.  You can store it in the freezer)
2) 1/4 cup oats (not the ones that take 10 minutes to cook)
3) 1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)

4) 2 tsp baking powder
(tip:  I usually use a small sifter when adding baking powder or baking soda--those surprise lumps in your quick breads are GROSS)

5) 1/2 tsp salt
6) 1/4 tsp nutmeg
7) 1 tsp cinnamon
8) pinch cloves (literally, pinch some of the ground stuff between your finger & thumb)
9) 1 cup chocolate chips

Combine it all together.

In your measuring cup:1) 1/2 cup molasses

2) 1/2 cup spiced rum (regular rum is fine too)
3) 1 egg

4) 1 tsp vanilla
*5) 1/2 cup melted butter, in a separate mug or other microwave-safe container

mix all wet ingredients, except butter, together loosely in your measuring cup (I never stir the egg up too much, but enough so it's 'broken')

Make a well in centre of dry ingredients.  Add moist ingredients.  Add melted butter.  Fork together quickly till just blended.  Pour into your greased loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until loaf has slightly separated from sides of pan, and a knife/toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing to a plate or wire rack. 

Even I couldn't stop eating this crazy little loaf, and I think the spice/chocolate combo usually is overrated.



  1. Sounds good Karen. I have to make this. Ray loves loafs too.

    I love your photos you look great. Love your hair!!

  2. if you are taking it to a party that you would rather not be at...put more rummy in the nummy!

  3. thanks Pam, that's closer to my natural mop. Yes, I was pleased with this creation. The rum and molasses made it really tasty.

  4. good thinking Paula! I actually wanted to make it with whisky, because it's nummier, but Jon said rum was better.

  5. I was going to ask if it was still good without the Rum, but now I'm intrigued by your offer of Whiskey.

    Honestly, though, I'm a cookie monster more than a loaf artist.

  6. who knows--I haven't tried it without the rum. Don't people put rum in everything around Christmas time??? I hardly ever choose rum drinks, but it made the loaf yum-o.

  7. we were wondering if you were still suffering from bieber fever?we request a new post please... even kieran wants one kejresdev fcjmwjvfjmfkq,nf c ndd. see?

  8. dammitt people, I'm sick! Have you no decency?!

    that was funny about Kieran by the way.

  9. For the record, that was Paula only on the last comment. I can speak for myself, thank-you.

    Never EVER do I take a joke too far! lol


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