Apple and gingerbread

Apple and gingerbread sliced up
See all those pieces of apple, pecan and ginger in that pic? And can you see how moist and buttery the bread is? Yea, that’s going to be a taste explosion in your mouth. If you like ginger, this one is for you.

And do you also see the amazing rays of light over the photo? That’s because I put an effect over it because sometimes I take crappy photos. I bake at night time and the light is crappy at night.

But in the morning when the light is good, I’m in a rush. Equals = rushed photos between spoonfuls of porridge.

Apple and gingerbread sliced up

Here are a few other things about food blogging that may interest you:

  1. Writing out the recipe is the longest part of putting up a blog post.
  2. I have a spreadsheet which I use to work out the calorie amounts for this blog, for I am a nerd and like spreadsheets.
  3. If you forget to put in an ingredient in the method that is listed in the ingredients list, or vice versa (through bad proofing), people get real mad and write you angry emails. Then you feel bad and get your boyfriend to proof all your blog posts in the future.
  4. Finding out people make your recipes is really nice.

Apple and gingerbread loaf

Back to the bread. While we’re being honest – see in the above photo how I put pecans on top? Well, that makes it annoying to slice up. Don’t do that.

BUT the crystalised ginger in the recipe is pure genius. Buy it. Use it in cooking. Put it in a pretty jar on your shelf. All wins.

Tip: wrap the gingerbread loaf in baking paper, then in plastic wrap and keep in an airtight container for up to five days to allow the flavours to develop. This tip was in the original recipe and I was all like ‘nice but whatever’, but then on day five of eating the loaf… MIND BLOWN. Trust the tip.

Ingredients
150 grams unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
¾ cup (150 grams) brown sugar
150 grams golden syrup
200 mls milk
1 2/3 cup (250 grams) plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup (75 grams) pecans roughly chopped
2 tablespoons (roughly 5 pieces) of crystallised ginger, chopped
2 green apples, peeled and cut into 1 cm pieces
Mascarpone cream, to serve, if desired

Method

  1. Preheat to 180C and line a 1.5 litre loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Place the butter, sugar and syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth.
  3. Stir in the milk, and then set aside to cool.
  4. Place flour, cinnamon, ground ginger and baking powder into a bowl.
  5. Make a well in the centre and pour in the cooled milk mixture, stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  6. Fold in beaten eggs, chopped ginger and apple pieces. My mixture was very liquidy.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. For me, this took well over an hour and the top was quite browned by this stage. Tasted great and all worked out, just hold your nerve.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer onto a wire rack.
  9. Thickly slice loaf (it can be crumbly, so thick slices are needed) and serve warmed with mascarpone cream of at room temperature.

Quantity: cuts into 10-12 pieces.

Healthy? 330 calories a slice, if cut into 12 pieces.

Storage: Freezes well, and as written above, the flavour improves when left out for a few days. So go right ahead. Within reason…

Source: Delicious magazine, July issue 2012 pg 64.

19 Comments on Apple and gingerbread

  1. Tina
    29 September 2012 at 9:24 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s so high in calories….would never eat it!

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      29 September 2012 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Yea, it’s a sometimes food :) Go check out the recipe index – all the low fat, low cal recipes are marked. The banana and fruit bread is an awesome alternative.

      Reply
  2. frugalfeeding
    29 September 2012 at 9:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Lovely cake :D. I disagree with point 1 though… for me it’s by far the quickest part of food blogging. :D. My girlfriend proof reads all of my posts – though, I don’t tend to make too many mistake any more :D

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      29 September 2012 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Really? Huh. And we both have to do some math because you work out cost per meal. Your girlfriend does a good job, I’ve never, ever seen a typo on the 18 months I’ve been reading your blog! That’s a darn good level of consistency.

      Reply
      • frugalfeeding
        29 September 2012 at 10:42 pm (2 years ago)

        My maths takes around 10 seconds, I’ve become so used to doing it – yours are probably slightly more difficult to manage. These days she generally only spots 1 mistake every other post – I’m a bit of a perfectionist :D. You’re going to start looking for mistakes now!

      • Aimee@clevermuffin
        29 September 2012 at 11:06 pm (2 years ago)

        Yup! And I’ll relish in finding one :p

  3. fudgingood
    29 September 2012 at 10:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Lovely looking cake.

    Reply
  4. Amy
    29 September 2012 at 11:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Oooh, this cake sounds right up my alley…and I just happen to have a bunch of apples from apple picking! I cant believe people write you nasty emails!! How rude. The couple times I had a typo, someone let me know but not in a mean way. I’m guessing there are tons of other mistakes no one has found because no one made my recipe :(

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 September 2012 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

      Apple picking? How fun! Are you going to be making a few apple recipes? Ah, the emails aren’t mean, and there was just one instance I was thinking of. I felt for the girl – she seemed very distressed!

      Reply
  5. yourothermotherhere
    30 September 2012 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

    Oh, I can see myself having a warmed slice in the winter while looking at the snow falling softly. I’ll see if I can get my sister to bake it! (smiles)

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      30 September 2012 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

      A lovely image you paint! I hope your sister obliges.

      Reply
      • yourothermotherhere
        30 September 2012 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

        Me too. I can just smell it baking in my mind. I was thinking later on it would be good with some butter on it, or whipped cream, or candy hard sauce… See what you started?

  6. Kristy
    2 October 2012 at 5:35 am (2 years ago)

    Mr. N loves crystalized ginger! He eats it like candy. This bread looks so delicious Aimee! And yep, I’ve gotten those angry missing ingredient emails too. LOL!

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      3 October 2012 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

      I was also eating it while baking, and then realised I was going to end up getting sick of it if I kept going. So attempting to reserve it for cooking :)

      Reply
  7. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    3 October 2012 at 6:31 am (2 years ago)

    This is the epitome of fall over here. I would just love a slice with some hot apple cider (when it cools down a bit over here)…and screw the 300 calories. Sometimes you just gotta live life high on the horse. ;)

    Reply
    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      3 October 2012 at 10:21 am (2 years ago)

      You have all been having an awesome summer haven’t you? I hope our is the same, it’s just warming up here. And yea, sometimes you just gotta screw the calories, live on the wild side!

      Reply

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