Apple & Walnut Spiced Loaf with Streusel Topping

Autumn is settling in to Sydney and bringing with it a delicious array of seasonal fruits, vegetables and nuts. This month’s Sweet Adventure’s Blog Hop focuses on seasonal produce and gave me a chance to develop a recipe with two of my favourite autumn ingredients – apples and walnuts! Naturally I had to add spices to the loaf – cinnamon is apple’s best friend and nutmeg is warming and a perfect flavour for the cooling days. I topped off the loaf with a streusel topping – a satisfying sweet buttery crunch.


Apple & Walnut Spiced Loaf with Streusel Topping
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
Loaf
  • 2 cups diced apples (about 1½ large)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 120g butter, softened
  • 1 egg, room temp
  • 1¼ cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
Streusel
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
Instructions
Loaf
  1. Preheat oven to 180°. Grease a loaf tin with butter (or use a silicon non-stick one).
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in a large bowl.
  3. Add egg and continue beating until well combined.
  4. Stir in diced apples.
  5. Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda into bowl. Add chopped walnuts and mix thoroughly.
  6. Transfer mixture to prepared pan.
Streusel
  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until well combined and crumbly.
  2. Sprinkle streusel mixture over the top of loaf before putting into the oven.
  3. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the loaf is brown and crusty on top and a skewer comes out clean.
  4. Cool loaf in tray on rack.

I also made a batch into little muffins, this recipe makes 12 cupcake-sized treats. Make sure you fill each liner with mixture nearly all the way (about 7/8 full) as the mixture doesn’t rise much.

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