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Spiced Apple Loaf

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time
Serving Yield 1 loaf

Nothing says cozy quite like a warm slice of cinnamony cake studded with bits of apple and cloaked in sweet cream cheese frosting. Add this loaf to your holiday baking spread, or bake it during the height of autumn to highlight in-season apples from your local orchard.

By: Family Farm Team (adapted from Foodness Gracious)

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 apple, peeled and diced into 1/4” cubes (60g-120g)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (see notes)
  • 5 tablespoons (71g) butter, softened and divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (195g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 large (150g) Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 2/3 cup (76g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

Directions

To make the cake:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8” × 4” loaf pan, and line the bottom with parchment.

Step 2

In a small pan over medium heat, combine the diced apples, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of butter, stirring often until the apples start to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool while preparing the batter.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices.

Step 4

Combine the remaining 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter with the flour mixture until it resembles wet sand, and all big chunks of butter are gone. Add eggs and vanilla and blend until batter is smooth and well combined. Add the apples and any liquid in the pan to the batter, mixing until apples are evenly distributed.

Step 5

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 46-52 minutes until golden brown on top, with the center set and springing back when gently pressed. Cool cake before frosting.

To make the frosting:

Step 1

Mix together the confectioners' sugar and cream cheese by hand, just until combined (do not beat or whip the cream cheese or it will thin out to a glaze instead of staying spreadable as a frosting).

Step 2

Spread the frosting over cooled cake and slice to serve.

Farm Team Tips:

If you don't have any brown sugar in the house, white sugar can be used in its place for the apple mixture.

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