September 19, 2010

Apple & Walnut Loaf

Weekends often feel like a marathon in my household: there is a lot of housework to catch up on, friends to catch up with, outdoor exercise to do and at the same time I would like to spend as much time in the kitchen as I can. It's no exaggeration to say that I often feel like I need an extra day to relax after my weekend, and I think many people would in fact agree with this.

This is why it is nice to include some indulgence in my weekends. Whether it some impulse shopping I can do, a rare occasion of a massage or a nice cake like this apple & walnut loaf. You don't need to slave in the kitchen for hours making this cake, it does not include complex icing or decorations, it is just a few ingredients put together and an hour later enjoyed with a nice cup of tea.

Apple & Walnut Cake
(Recipe adapted from

125g unsalted butter, softened
220g brown sugar
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
2 free-range eggs
2 Granny Smith apples
225g spelt flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
125ml milk
60g walnuts, finely chopped
1 tbs brown sugar, extra

Preheat oven to 170C and grease a loaf pan (9,5cm x 19cm). Using electric beaters, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one beating well after each addition. Peel and core one apple and cut into small dice. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, 1 tsp of cinnamon and baking powder. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternately with the milk mixing well but gently. Add in the apple dice and the walnuts and combine well. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Peel the other apple, cut in half and remove the core. Cut the halves into thin slices and place on top of the cake. Sprinkle with extra sugar and cinnamon and bake for one hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.