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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Apple Tea Loaf

I promised to blog this before the weekend but the flu got me first! I have since made a second batch and it's even better this time. It is such an easy recipe and doesn't require very gentle handling so can be made in a hurry. As the weather gets colder there is nothing better than tea and cake, preferably in front of the fire with nothing to do but daydream. Anyway here it is and please let me know if you liked it!

125g butter

125g soft brown sugar (I used demerara because I'd run out)

275g sultanas

150ml apple juice (I used orange as we're in an orange phase at home!)

1 eating apple, peeled cored and chopped

2 medium eggs beaten

275g plain flour

2 tsp Bicarb of soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

To Serve:

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 eating apple thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 180`C/Gas 4 and oil/line a 2lb loaf tin. Add butter, sugar, sultanas and juice to a pan and heat gently until butter has melted and take off heat. In another bowl add the apple and beaten egg and combine. Sieve over all the dry ingredients and mix with the eggy/apples mix. This will be quite dry and not full incorporated, but just add the warm butter mix and combine. Pour out the cake batter into the tin and then arrange the thinly sliced apple over the top and bake for 35 mins. I have a fierce fan oven so you may want to drop it to 170`C and add 5-10 mins on to avoid a very soggy middle.

Once the cake is out, warm the golden syrup in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds and pour over the cake. You may need a pastry brush to ensure the cake is glistening and golden. Once the cake is nearly cool, take out fo the tin and serve thickly sliced. This is simply gorgeous, moist and light so Enjoy!

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