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Nutty Apple Loaf

Week 40 Theme: Apple Cookbook Used: The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook Author: Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers This has all my favorites; apples, chocolate, nuts, butter and sugar. I was flicking through the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook at my local bookshop, when this recipe caught my eye. Like I always do, I went back to the...


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Nutty Apple Loaf
September 16, 2010

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Nutty Apple Loaf

Week 40
Theme: Apple
Cookbook Used: The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
Author: Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers

This has all my favorites; apples, chocolate, nuts, butter and sugar.

I was flicking through the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook at my local bookshop, when this recipe caught my eye. Like I always do, I went back to the computer and proceeded to order it from BookDepository as it was sooooo much cheaper! I had heard good things about this book from other bloggers out there, so it seemed a warranted purchase.

I made the batter on the Friday night, and baked it in the morning for Saturday breakfast. The recipe says to leave the batter in the tin for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. Not really sure why, it can’t be a proving thing as it is in a cold place. I guess it just allows the batter to “chill out”… har har har!

Turned out well as Hamsley’s Dad popped in from the country side, and we all had a slice, hot out of the oven before heading out for an adventure. It was well received by all that ate it. It was a shame I didn’t make a bigger loaf. I’ll definitely be making this one again, as I can always make it the night before, and bake it the next day! Too easy!

Nutty Apple Loaf

175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
140g soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
2 eggs
140g plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
100g shelled mixed nuts, chopped
50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

1. Put the butter, sugar and strawberry jam in an electric mixer and cream together until light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon in a separate bowl, then beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the nuts, chocolate and apples into the mixture by hand until evenly dispersed. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight if possible.

4. Preaheat the oven to 170ΒΊC (325ΒΊF) Gas 3.

5. Pour the mixture into a 23x13cm loaf tin, greased and dusted with flour, and smooth over with a palette knife. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until brown and the sponge feels firm to the touch. A skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean, but for a little melted chocolate. Leave the cake to cook slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes 8-10 slices.



34 comments on “Nutty Apple Loaf
  1. Esz

    Winner! I so will make that – love a good loaf πŸ˜€

    September 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Can’t go past a good loaf either! =D

      September 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  2. Honey @ honeyandsoy

    Mmmmmm that looks SO moist and crunchy!

    September 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Sure was, need to make another soon!

      September 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  3. hollypop

    i love the hummingbird book! i got mine on BD too. hehe.

    i think i am going to try to adapt it to gf this weekend.

    September 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      yay for BD! Hope the gluten free version goes well!

      September 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  4. Melbourne Mumma

    Oh yum! Will have to steal the recipe, if you don’t mind! Looks like the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea πŸ™‚

    September 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Of course I don’t mind! enjoy!

      September 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  5. penny aka jeroxie

    Wah… Looks so good… and no I cannot get anymore books! EVil!! πŸ˜›

    September 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I can’t get anymore, yet I keep buying them.. =/

      September 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm
  6. Hannah

    This looks fantastic! I’m a big fan of loaves at the moment – so good to slice and freeze for afternoon tea at uni πŸ™‚ Love the addition of strawberry jam!

    September 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Freezing is a great idea! Might have to use that idea for the next loaf πŸ™‚

      September 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm
  7. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I really like the look of this recipe, with the jam and the chocolate snuck in there too. Even better when you are able to stick it in the fridge and forget about it overnight (or maybe be unable to get to sleep knowing that you have a delicious loaf awaiting you the next morning).

    September 17, 2010 at 1:08 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      mmmm chocolate and jam. Yes I thought the jam was interesting, yet turned out really well!

      September 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm
  8. Gabriel Hummel

    My god I hate you

    The idea of spreading some peanut butter on that bread right now and sandwiching it with a banana is making me sweat.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:07 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie


      September 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm
  9. kristy @ ksayerphotography

    This looks amazing, moist but crunchy! yumm

    September 17, 2010 at 6:48 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks! it tasted amazing too!

      September 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  10. allan

    oooo yummy’ness!
    i was looking at the photos and then thought… deja vu… =P
    realised they are all the end product hehe

    September 17, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Yes, a yummy deja vu

      September 19, 2010 at 7:56 pm
  11. My Restaurants Melbourne

    Wow this looks yummy!! great job

    September 17, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Thanks! it tastes as good as it looks!

      September 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm
  12. Anna Johnston

    I love cakes you can half prepare & then just cook when you need them, this one’s got all the markings of a great cake for me.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Oh it’s great when you can just do half the job one day, and finish it off the next!

      March 18, 1952 at 7:35 pm
  13. traintogain

    I’m looking forward to trying this recipe out! Theres nothing like a good loaf and the wife and I have seriously sweet teeth. Thanks!

    September 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      You are more than welcome! Hope she enjoys it πŸ™‚

      September 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm
  14. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I bought this book cheap too! I love it! I haven’t got it out for a while though, and you have reminded me to make this delicious looking loaf – thanks πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

    September 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I’ll have to try some more recipes from the book! Ahhh I have too many cookbooks, and I still keep buying them! … however they are more practical than my shoe collection πŸ˜‰

      September 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm
  15. Emma @CakeMistress

    Ooh, why haven’t I spotted this in the Hummingbird Bakery book yet? It looks so great!

    September 23, 2010 at 11:54 am
  16. Malin

    That looks truly amazing! And moist! I love a nutty cake! πŸ™‚

    September 24, 2012 at 3:55 am
  17. Vivian

    Mine turned out really runny & undercooked… I left it in the oven longer, but the surface just burnt and was super hard when I took it out… Complete failure for me

    December 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm
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