Nutty Apple Loaf

I felt like baking again this weekend, although nothing too difficult. So when my lovely wife Helen was making an indulgent chocolate cake for friends who had done us a big favour, I made a nutty apple loaf.

The recipe was from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, which has some very tasty looking cakes. As with almost every cake you start by creaming together butter and sugar. This was a little different as I was using brown sugar and the two tablespoons of strawberry jam. Once this mix was nice and smooth a couple of eggs were added, and then the flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Finally nuts, apples and chocolate was mixed in. This was left in the fridge to cool for a few hours before baking on a low heat for just over an hour.

The end result was an incredibly moist and tasty loaf cake. Very impressive and very easy to make. Another one to add to the hit list and almost too good to share with the neighbours. I will definitely be trying something else from the Hummingbird Bakery in the future.

Blackberry and Buttermilk Cake

This was without doubt the best cake that I have ever made. It was also nice and easy. This recipe was from an official Bake Off book, and is most likely a Mary Berry recipe.

Usual start, creaming together butter and sugar, then add some vanilla essence and a couple of eggs. Whisk thoroughly before slowly and carefully adding some buttermilk and self raising flour. Pour the mix into a spring-form tin, add some blackberries, pushing them into the mix so that they are half covered, sprinkle over some demerara sugar and bake.

The end result looked exactly like the picture from the book.

The inside was soft and the cake tasted absolutely amazing. I have given some to our neighbours, although I’ve not had any feedback yet.

This is the cake to try if you want to impress, or if you just fancy having a go at baking. Not too difficult, but slightly different. I will definitely be baking this one again in the future.