We have two apple trees in our back garden, both overloaded with ripe apples. Of course I encourage friends and neighbours to pick as many as they like, I will not have good fresh produce going to waste. We do our bit to use them up too with various apple concoctions and recipes. Given my current dietary restrictions, sugar laden cakes, pies and crumbles are out so something more wholesome but still delicious was in order.
The sweetness in this loaf comes solely from the grated apple so use a sweeter variety if you can. The loaf is a delicious wholegrain bread which is fab eaten whilst still warm from the oven or left to cool and devoured with a cuppa or as a lunchbox treat. I had some warm topped for an afternoon tea snack, it was delicious and moist.
You could add sultanas, dried apricots or other dried fruit to the loaf if you want but of course that would add natural sugars. I'm going to add some foraged blackberries to the next loaf.
Wholemeal Apple Loaf - Sugar Free and Dairy Free
500g grated apple, we used about 10
300g plain wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking power
3 free range eggs
60 ml oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla bean paste, or in my case a large dollop
Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan. Line a 2lb/800g loaf tin with baking paper or a liner.
Measure all the ingredients into a bowl. Stir gently until completely combined, don't be tempted to beat the mixture or over mix it.
Spoon the mixture into your prepared loaf tin. Top with some sliced apple if you wish. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Check the loaf after 45 minutes cooking time, you may need to cover the top with foil if it is browning too much. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Here are a few other delicious no so naughty bakes:
Carrot and date loaf with cinnamon walnut frosting (gluten-free, vegan recipe) from Emily
Sugar-free Cake from Peter
Pear, Plum and Banana Bread from Ren