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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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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Swah



  • 2 cups diced apples about 1 1/2 large
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 120 g butter softened
  • 1 egg room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp melted butter



  • Preheat oven to 180°. Grease a loaf tin with butter (or use a silicon non-stick one).
  • Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy in a large bowl.
  • Add egg and continue beating until well combined.
  • Stir in diced apples.
  • Sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda into bowl. Add chopped walnuts and mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan.


  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir until well combined and crumbly.
  • Sprinkle streusel mixture over the top of loaf before putting into the oven.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the loaf is brown and crusty on top and a skewer comes out clean.
  • 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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  • Reply Flick Your Food April 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Oh my this tasted amazing!!!

    • Reply Swah April 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

      I am glad you enjoyed it Flick!

  • Reply milkteaxx April 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    love your cupcake liners!

    • Reply Swah April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Thank you! They were a present from JJ :)

  • Reply JJ - 84thand3rd April 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    This was sooooo good! I wanted to eat all the topping…

    • Reply Swah April 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

      I picked off most of the topping from the leftover loaf *blush*

  • Reply Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas April 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    This is everything I love in a loaf – fruit, spices and nuts. Then a crunchy topping is like a bonus round. Yum!

    • Reply Swah April 17, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Sugar and spice and everything nice! I think the crunchy topping is my favourite bit :)

  • Reply My Kitchen Stories April 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    A great way to use apples. Love the crunchy bits.

    • Reply Swah April 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

      The perfect way to use up some old apples you have hanging around the house :)

  • Reply Sophie | April 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Mmm.. streusel. I love me some streusel topping! Looks like a lovely loaf. (I also enjoy alliteration hehe)

    • Reply Swah April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Thank you Soph! Streusel has a great effect on everyone muhahaha

  • Reply Keely @ Gormandize April 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Looks lovely! I’m enjoying finally getting around to checking out all the hop entries, lots of delicious apple and pear desserts!

    • Reply Swah April 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

      Thank you Keely! Autumn is definitely the best time for apples and pears :)

  • Reply Cheryl March 19, 2015 at 1:18 am

    I want to try this recipe….is 180 degrees correct? I use Fahrenheit, not Celsius, so is the 180 degrees Celsius?

    • Reply Swah March 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hi yes that is 180 degrees Celsius, so 350ºF :)

  • Reply Emilie July 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! Tried it out on the weekend and it turned out pretty well. I love spices so I doubled (er, okay tripled) the cinnamon and nutmeg and added some ground ginger too, and added a small ripe pear as well as some leftover pecans. Will definitely bake this one again!

    • Reply Swah July 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Oh yum the addition of pears and pecans sounds delicious! I often increase the spices too ;)

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