Friday, December 6, 2013

Apple Bread With BlueBerry And Cashew



About Apple Cake:

Apple cake is a popular dessert produced with the main ingredient of apples. Such a cake is made through the process of slicing this sweet fruit to add fragrance to a plain cake base. Traditional apple cakes go a step further by including various spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon, which give off a unique flavour. Upon the addition of spices the batter can also be accompanied by crushed nuts, the most popular being walnuts and almonds.
Dorset apple cake, Devon apple cake and Somerset apple cake are traditional forms of this cake, respectively from DorsetDevonand SomersetEngland. They may include apple juices local to these counties as part of their recipes, but are not necessary.
Apples are also used in other cakes, including chocolate cake, where their water-retention can help a normally-dry cake to stay moist. In this case they may be either dried or fresh.




Ingredients:

½ cup of Vegetable Oil
1 cup of Sugar
¼ cup of Milk
2 tsp of Baking Powder
2 Eggs
½ tsp of Salt
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
2 cups of All Purpose Flour
4 Apples, peeled and shredded
½ cup of Dried Cranberries / bluberries
1/2 cup Cashews
½ tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Orange Zest

For the Streusel Topping,
2 tbsp of Flour
¼ cup of Brown Sugar
3 tbsp of Cold Butter
Pinch of Salt



Method:


1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9x5” loaf pan and lay the bottom with parchment paper.

2) In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder, set aside

3) In a small bowl, toss the blueberry/cranberry and cashews with about ¼ cup of the flour mixture and set it aside.

4) In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, sugar, milk, orange zest and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix them all together until they are well combined. Fold in the cranberry mixture and pour the batter into your prepared pan and set it on a baking sheet.

5) In another bowl, combine together all the ingredients for the streusel topping except for the walnuts. Using a pastry cutter blend the ingredients together cutting the butter into small pieces, toss in the walnuts and sprinkle the mixture over top of the apple batter.

6) Bake the bread for about an hour or until fully cooked through (easiest way to tell is by taking a toothpick and inserted into the center and if it comes out without any wet batter, its done)

7) Allow it to cool for a while and then transfer onto a platter, slice and enjoy!


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