It’s apple time again, can you believe it? I was really very lucky to have five apple trees in the garden that I had when I first made this Apple Bread. Armed with a tiny step ladder that I picked up from the outside of a house clearance, I’d head up the steps with my trug and twist the fruit from the branches. If the apple came away easily I knew it was ready to be picked and used.
My Apple Bread is so great for breakfast and if you make it I urge you try it in the morning. Cooled, spread with salted butter and eaten outside in the autumnal morning sun.
Allow it to set you up for the day, an undeniably sweet set up, but a set up none the less.
Apple Bread is lovely as a gift too. Take the loaf out of the tin to cool and then either wrap it up in greaseproof paper and then something prettier or wash the tin and put it back in to it for transporting to the one you love safely. Use some bakers twine to make it look prettier if you so wish and don’t forget to take some apples along too.
- 2lb Loaf Tin
- 100 g Unsalted Butter
- 100 g Caster Sugar
- 1 heaped tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 3 Eggs Large & Organic
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 250 g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 dash Milk
- 2 large Cooking Apples Peeled & Chopped
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon Sugar (100g caster sugar, ½ tbsp ground cinnamon)
- Heat the oven to 170c/ 325f/ gas mark 3
- Peel and chop the apples in to small pieces and place in a bowl.
- Sprinkle 1 heaped tablespoon of the Cinnamon Sugar on to the apple and mix well. Set to one side.
- Meanwhile, cream together the butter, caster sugar and ground cinnamon until it becomes lighter in colour and almost fluffy in consistency.
- Gently beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract.
- Add the flour and the baking powder. Mix gently until thoroughly combined.
- Add the apple pieces along with all of the sugary juices and mix all of the ingredients together.
- Grease a loaf tin generously with butter and pour the mixture in.
- Place in the middle of the pre-heated oven and bake for approx 1 hour and ten mins or until it is golden brown on top, comes away cleanly from the side of the tin and reveals a clean knife when poked!
- Leave to cool on a wire rack and serve in slices with cold butter.
One of my favourite books at this time of year is The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill. I emailed Susan once, telling her how much I loved her book, and she wrote back. I think it may be time for the book to have another outing.
I gave the kids a wee piece of my Apple Bread yesterday, it’s fairly loaded with sugar, but they only had a bit. Nye wasn’t that fussed but Ned scoffed it. I’m enjoying seeing their differences come out and it’s interesting to observe the difference in their taste buds and eating habits. My daughter keeps her little eating area so neat and tidy. She puts bits of food back in her bowl if it falls out and has learned to dip food in to sauces. Ned, on the other hand, is very messy and likes nothing more than to tip whatever is left over down the front of his body and then look up in surprise and say “Oh”.
To which I respond with a loud sign or something a little more vocal depending on how tired I am at the time.
It doesn’t really matter though, he won’t be doing it when he’s twenty……………will he?
If you ever fancy taking some time out to bake this Apple Bread but don’t feel like you can fit it in to the incredibly busy life you have I urge you to consider something as normal or mundane as baking to be part of your self-care routine. I know that the terms ‘self-care, wellness and mental health are much more in use nowadays and some would think them bandied about to often. But I remember being totally overwhelmed when I first made this Apple Bread and I wish I’d taken 5 mins each day to have to myself. I think it would’ve made a lot of difference to a great many things had I done that sooner.
huge love, Cherry x