Festive feast loaf

I found this recipe in a magazine a few years ago and thought it would be good to try out as you can get a little tired of pastry, especially during the Christmas period.

This recipe is scrumptious, filling and pretty good for you too. It’s high in protein and low in saturated fat.

Serves 4

You will need:

  • A loaf tin measuring 20cm x 12cm x 6cm deep


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 300g soya mince
  • 3 cloves of garlic ,crushed
  • (30g) of breadcrumbs (approx. 1 slice of bread, medium thickness)
  • 1/2 tsp of dried rosemary
  • 50g chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 2 tbsp of balti curry paste
  • 3 drops of almond extract
  • 250g of ready-to-eat-prunes, finely chopped (just blitz in the food processor for a few seconds)
  • 1 orange, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 red pepper, roasted and skin removed
  • 3 large eggs, beaten

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c. In a large saucepan, add a tbsp of oil and place on a low heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add the soya mince, and garlic and a splash of water (enough to stop the mince sticking to the bottom of the pan) and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  3. Add the breadcrumbs, nuts, rosemary, almond extract, curry paste, half of the quantity of prunes and a tbsp of water. Remove the pan from the heat, mix well and leave to cool slightly before moving onto the next step.
  4. Add the beaten eggs to the mixture, season and stir well.
  5. Line the loaf tin with baking parchment. Line the bottom of the pan with the slices of orange.
  6. Fill half of the loaf tin with mince mixture and then lay the red pepper over the top before adding the remaining mince. Press down using the back of a wooden spoon or by lifting the loaf tin a few cm off the worktop and carefully drop it back down (this will help the mixture to settle and remove any air pockets).
  7. sprinkle the rest of the chopped prunes on top and cover with baking parchment.
  8. Place in the oven and cook for 30-50 minutes until cooked. Remove from the oven, lift out the loaf and turn it upside down so you can see the layer of oranges. Leave for a couple of minutes before slicing and serving.

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