Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Apple loaf

We had a few apples which are starting to go soft - perfect excuse to bake! (Not that I generally need any excuse to bake.) I was given the recipe book 500 cakes a couple of weeks ago and this recipe was a variation of one using apples in place of cherries and marzipan. It takes a surprisingly long time to cook and the centre of the loaf fell out of the crust when I turned it upside to cool (that was weird), even though it was cooked through. Still, it tasted fine and we had it for dessert, warm with ice cream.

Apple loaf

  • 170 g butter, at room temperature
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 140 g self-raising flour
  • 320 g apples, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or finely grated zest of one lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift in flour and fold into the mixture.
  4. Add lemon juice/zest and fold in apples.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased 22 x 12 cm loaf tin. Bake for about 45 minutes. Cover the top of the cake with tin foil, then bake for an additional 25 minutes until oaf is risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Leave cake to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then lift onto a wire rack to cool.
  7. Serve slightly warm from the oven and dusted with icing sugar.


Sab said...

mmm, apples... I have NO apples in my house right now... we did, but I ate them all... and turned them into applesauce for my munchkin. Sigh.

Kellee said...

I love that you always change the recipes to suit what you have lying around. I'd never have the confidence (or imagination) to substitute cherries for apples. I'm getting a sudden urge to bake though...

La'Tonya Richardson said...

Oh Cafe Chick, I must try this soon. My children like apples, but sometimes, they don't all get eaten, before they go soft, or get a spot on them. And I just HATE throwing my fruit away.

My husband thinks I'm turning into a Grandma, (his words). We made kosher pickles this summer, and I canned banana peppers, another one of our favorites.

I will be making this soon. Right after I convert the measurements :).

Donna said...

Yummy! That sounds heavenly! I made banana nut bread yesterday morning. This one makes me want to bake too!!!