After a long, hot summer, cooler weather is finally upon us and I’m pretty relieved to be able to turn on the oven without fear of accidentally cooking ourselves in our apartment/furnace. No doubt I will be complaining about the bitter cold in the weeks to come, but for now I’m embracing the fall feels with this simple loaf cake 😀
I love that this recipe celebrates the end of summer with the last of the ripe, sweet blackberries, and the beginning of autumn with the crisp, tart apples. It’s a lovely bake that’s quick to whip together and can be kept in an airtight container for 2-3 days afterwards (if you have the self-control not to eat it all once it comes out the oven!).
This is another delicious loaf cake (see here for another autumn loaf and here for an indulgent dessert loaf) that I’ve added to my recipe book 😋 The apples keep the cake moist and lightly sweet. Feel free to add more spice if you prefer, and substitute the caster sugar with honey for a healthier bake!
- 160 g butter, melted
- 160 g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4 rounded tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 225 g self-raising flour
- 2 eating apples (I used Braeburn)
- 70 g blackberries
- Preheat the oven to 160°C / 140°C fan / 320°F.
- Line your loaf tin with parchment paper, and grease with butter (if needed).
- Beat together the melted butter and sugar, and add the eggs into the mixture one by one. Gently whisk until the mixture is pale and creamy.
- Add the Greek yoghurt and cinnamon.
- Sift the flour into the mixture and fold together.
- Chop the apples into small pieces (0.5cm cubes) and combine with the batter.
- Pour one-third of the batter into the loaf tin and dot with half the blackberries. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining blackberries before filling up the loaf tin.
- Smooth out the top of the mixture.
- If you wish, make a crumble topping using cold butter, flour, cinnamon and demerara sugar and sprinkle over the top of the loaf.
- Bake for 1 hour 5 mins at 160°C / 140°C fan / 320°F. For the remaining 15 mins, increase the temperature to 180°C / 160°C fan / 350°F.
- Leave to cool on a wire rack.