Saturday, 9 June 2012

Apple Crumble Loaf

It's been a while since I last blogged, I lost my baking mojo due to changing my eating habits and a desire to get fit and lose weight. I've gone back to the gym and I am loving it, I already feel so much better and seeing great results. Of course my boys have been deprived since Easter of home-baked goodies and so I decided to treat them with this Apple Crumble Loaf. Suffice to say it didn't even last 2 days, it flew off the cake plate, I guess they really did miss my baking. This moist loaf cake delivers wonderful different textures and really is like an apple crumble in cake form. It would easily make a great pudding too, served with custard or cream.

Apple Crumble Loaf

Cuts into 10 slices

140g butter, cut into small pieces, plus extra for the tin
250g self-raising flour
2 tsp mixed spice
140g light muscovado sugar
100g raisins
3 large eggs, beaten
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped (Swap the apples, for peaches, apricots or plums when they're in season)
5 tbsp milk

For the topping:
1 rounded tbsp plain flour
25g butter
25g light muscovado sugar
1 rounded tbsp roughly chopped hazelnuts

Heat the oven 160oc/140c fan/gas 3. Butter and line the base of a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Tip the flour and spice into a food processor and add the butter. Whizz to make fine crumbs, then mix in the sugar. Tip into a mixing bowl and stir in the raisins, eggs, apples and milk. Mix well until everything is evenly combined, then spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the top.

To make the topping, rub the flour, butter and sugar through your fingers to make a rough crumble, then stir in the nuts. Sprinkle evenly over the cake mixture and bake for 50-55 mins, until firm to the touch and a fine skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 mins, then turn out and cool on a wire rack.


Anonymous said...

That looks delicious Maria. So nice to see you blogging again! :-) Nickki xx

Kim said...

Nice to see you back blogging Maria, and you clearly haven't lost any of your skills! Know what you mean though, baking is a hard hobby to keep up if you're trying to be good diet wise!

Nic said...

Oooh, lovely loaf - great to have you back!

Unknown said...

Yay, you have blogged. Great to see you are back to your blogging. As usual your loaf looks lovely.

Maggie said...

It's fab bakes like this that add inches to our waistlines!

Phil in the Kitchen said...

Excellent. Crumble and cake in the same mouthful - you're talking my language.

Kelly-Jane said...

Good to see you back. Your loaf looks gorgeous.

Tracey said...

Maria, lovely to see you blogging again and what a cake. I couldnt resist and had to make one and as usual, it was perfect. Thank you for all your hard work and effort. I put photos on my blog for you. Congratulations on the weight loss. Tracey x

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I am glad this recipe tempted you back. They are not the only ones missing out!

Retro Fridge 1950 said...

I know it can be a bit of a challenge for a foodie fond of baking them sweets to keep healthy and fit with temptations constantly hovering above from an invisible bubble. Maybe you can blog more about delicious "healthy" recipes and the sinful ones occasionally.

The Caked Crusader said...

You had me at apple....!