Blackberry & apple loaf

Blackberry & apple loaf

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Cooking time

Ready in 2 hours, including baking

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 chunky slices

This moist and fruity cake is a great way to get kids to eat fruit, you may have trouble stopping them!

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
327
protein
4g
carbs
44g
fat
16g
saturates
10g
fibre
2g
sugar
23g
salt
0.77g

Ingredients

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 175g butter
  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 rounded tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 small eating apple, such as Cox’s, quartered (not cored or peeled)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 orange, finely grated zest
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225g blackberries

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Butter and line the bottom of a 1.7 litre loaf tin (see tip below). In a large bowl, rub the flour, butter and muscovado sugar together with your fingers to make fine crumbs. Measure out 5 level tbsp of this mixture into a small bowl for the topping, and mix in to it the cinnamon and demerara sugar. Set aside.
  2. Coarsely grate the apple down to the core and mix in with the eggs and the zest. Stir the baking powder into the rubbed-in mixture in the large bowl, then quickly and lightly stir in the egg mixture until it drops lightly from the spoon. Don’t overmix.
  3. Gently fold in three quarters of the berries with a metal spoon, trying not to break them up. Spoon into the tin and level. Scatter the rest of the berries on top. Sprinkle over the topping and bake for 1¼ -1 hour 20 minutes. Check after 50 minutes and cover loosely with foil if it is browning too much. When done the cake will feel firm, but test with a skewer.
  4. Leave in the tin for 30 minutes before turning out, then cool on a wire rack. Peel off the paper before cutting. Will keep wrapped in foil or in a tin for up to 2 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2002

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Dianne39's picture

I've made this now a couple of times - caught out by forgetting to put the foil on this time though, it's an essential if you don't want burned topping! I left out the lemon juice and the baking powder as I didn't have them the first time and it turned out just fine. Added raspberries as well as blackberries this time too, which was also lovely.

barryshitpeas's picture

The best cake ever! I would happily become a fat fat water rat for this cake. It has to be tried.

1jan1964's picture

This cake is so good, it taste divine, I've made it about 5 times each a success . The cake for my oven takes a 1 1/2 to cook on 160 oC ( fan oven)and as the instructions say I cover it will foil after 50 minutes. The cake is very soft to cut if you cut it whilst still warm, I find it better the next day after I' ve wrapped it in foil & left in the fridge over night it slices better, lovely with hot custard if you want it as a pud! Give it a try so moist & yummy

pcornall's picture

This didn't work for me - the middle was a mess of sloppyness. Maybe I did something wrong, but I think I followed all the instructions. I would leave out the apples and orange zest next time as it seemed to increase the water content and I couldn't taste either anyway. Also the topping wasn't really enough and difficult to spread across the top. It all smelled amazing while in the oven though!

1jan1964's picture

Hi hope this helps, I've posted above you . Have a go at this cake again, it is lovely, use a small apple and fresh blackberries if you can. The cake is very soft, when you 1st make it & taking out the oven & it slices better the next day( if you can wait). I have a fan oven and cooked it at 160 oC but for 1 1/2 hours ,cooked in one of those old fashioned china tin loaves like your gran might of had ( depending on age I'm 49, like the beige n white mixing bowls). I covered it after 50 minutes like they said to stop it burning, n didn't open the oven again til I took it out. Hope this helps!

esthermarypots's picture

This is so yummy - I've just eaten a slice while it's still warm from the oven. The muscovado sugar provides a caramel-y taste, the sponge is light and the blackberries provide a nice fruity contrast.
I didn't use the zest as I didn't have an orange and i didn't feel it was missing anything... maybe next time - I will definitely make this again.
An excellent recipe.

sassy_chic's picture

I adapt recipes... can't help myself ...
When making this cake I've used ...
cranberries
raspberries
blueberries
mixed forest fruits (frozen from supermarket)
dates roughly chopped
tried strawberries, it was nice but they became seeds

In each cake I left out the apple, orange and zest (hate zest)
All the cakes were fantastic

Soon, maybe tonight, I'm going to actually use blackberries (picked from my garden during summer and frozen for later)
I won't use apple, orange or zest

I'm sure it will be a a great cake - just like all the other ones :-)

faye_ella's picture
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Gorgeous! I made a beginners error by not checking run was deep enough so loaf over flowed a bit! Still gorgeous though & didn't last long! Will definately make again!

bellapenny83's picture
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Delicious - used soft brown sugar instead of muscovado and then followed the recipe exactly. Made the kitchen smell divine! Highly recommended for using up a glut of blackberries.

sebbysaurus's picture
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Yum, nom nom! Moist and delicious, packed with flavour.

denisejura's picture
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made this with my 4 yr old today and love it! great simple food!

poppy24's picture

Made this with my 6 year old niece today....really easy and tasty!!

tjkent2426's picture
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It was ok, the topping wasn't as crumbly as I would have liked but still enjoyed it. Better a day or two after.

nicolanymph's picture
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unsure whether my dad would like this considering he's not keen on blackberries but he loved it and wanted more than I had! it even tasted great the day after and the crumble topping made it really special! :)

greedyred's picture

This is so delicious that I have passed the recipe to Mother-in-law who is a superb cake maker. She and her friends all enjoyed it. The recipe will come out again next summer when my bramble bush is in full production!

eleanormayo's picture
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Lovely cake, I particularly like the crunchy cinnamon crust on the top. I didn't have any orange so used the zest of a lemon and also used 2 apples instead of 1.

noosner's picture
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Oops, forgot to award stars. Five, definitely!

noosner's picture
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This is my favourite recipe for using up blackberries: thank you! I made it several times this Autumn, using mixed spice instead of cinnamon and not bothering about the topping. Also I tend to use whatever sugar comes to hand.

sarahwarner's picture
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Gorgeous !!!!! and delicious !!!!

sophietreacher's picture
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After collecting the last of the autumn blackberries from the hedgerows, I tried both this recipe and the blackberry and coconut squares recipe (also on bbcgoodfood.com). Both were yummy, but I think the other recipe definitely had the edge! Couldn't really taste the apple in this.

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