I don’t want to call this a cake. I don’t want to call this bread. I really don’t know what to call it since it’s sweet enough for a light dessert, yet hearty and healthy enough to snack on. Whatever you call it, it won’t last long that’s for sure. I practically take a slice each time I walk by it! It turns out dark and rich because we started with apples from cider made earlier. Couldn’t be better.
Dee Dee’s Apple Loaf
2 cups cooked, peeled and roughly mashed apples (from cider recipe)
4 tablespoons butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a standard loaf pan. In a mixer, add the first six ingredients and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the next five ingredients and slowly mix until well blended. (Scraping down the sides of the bowl.) Turn the nuts into the batter by hand.
Pour into the loaf pan and bake for about an hour. Check it at 50 minutes since we all know that a lot depends on your own oven!
Though this is fabulous when warm, let it cool down a bit to make slicing easier. (Be good and let the temptation pass for now. Remember mamma’s words: Good things come to those who wait.)
Where have you been all my life?
Tip: If you want to make a “real” cake, double the recipe and bake in standard cake pans. Choose an icing that is light in color (buttercream, cream cheese, etc) for a beautiful contrast. Looks yummy!