Apple and Walnut Loaf
Apple and Walnut loaves goes way back to when I was growing up. Due to certain members being devout Catholics, lent is taken very seriously. Those who partake don’t eat any sweets or cakes. So for birthdays, the walnut loaf is used as a substitute to birthday cake, as technically it’s not classed as a ‘cake’. As I’m ‘unloved’ by jesus, I’m exempt from lent so can freely enjoy munching away on crips, chocolate and cake, but I’d still happily accept this as a birthday cake any time!
The walnuts balance with the softness of the apple, and who doesn’t like cinnamon? It should comfortably fill a big loaf tin, or I got some mini tins in TKMaxx and I fill around 3 of them.
The plain loaf, is delicious as is. However my sweet tooth sometimes requires me to pour a thick layer of icing on the top and sprinkle with extra walnuts to make the loaf slightly more appealing.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a loaf pan with some butter, and line the base with baking parchment.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence, for 5 – 10 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each until combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Use a large spoon to mix the flour mixture and milk into the butter mixture. Fold in the diced apples and walnuts until combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan, and smooth the surface with the back of a clean spoon.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
- Turn the loaf out and leave on a wire rack to cool.