Annapolis Valley Apple Loaf

Lindsay Reid, Rolled Oat Cafe | www.therolledoat.com
 
It’s that apple time of year. We’ve been watching them grow all summer…we celebrated their blossoms, and now we can finally get a taste. When it comes to baking, I prefer a Cortland for its crisp firm texture and tart flavour. This apple loaf recipe is quick and simple, but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. I make a few at a time, and pop them in the freezer so that I always have a delicious dessert on hand that can be ready in a few minutes.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour

1 3/4 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter (softened)

2 free range eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup milk

1 large locally grown apple of your choice, peeled and diced (I used Cortland)

Method

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9″ X 5 ” loaf pan with parchment (or grease and flour). Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and set aside.

Beat white sugar and butter together until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in vanilla.

Add the flour & baking powder into the butter mixture and combine. Add in milk and mix until smooth.

Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan and then add half of the apples and half of the brown sugar mixture. Lightly pat the apples into the batter.

Pour the rest of the batter onto the apples, and then add the other half of the apples (and pat them down again) and remaining brown sugar mixture.

Use a butter knife to lightly swirl the brown sugar mixture into the apples.

Bake for 35-40 min. Enjoy warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!