A lot of my bakes have been sweet ones recently but I was keen to try out a recipe that was listed in the Cakes section of the latest Great British Bake Off Book- The Great British Bake Off Everyday. It doesn’t contain sugar but it is a savoury loaf where the sweetness comes from the natural sugars within the apple in the recipe. The recipe for Cheddar, Apple and Walnut Loaf caught my eye when I first got the book at the beginning of August and finally two months later I got round to making it!
Last Tuesday was one of my half days at work where I worked the morning and came home at lunchtime to see to our dog and to catch up with the ironing over programmes on Sky+. I didn’t bake at all during the previous week and was itching to make something. It had to be something quick to prepare and to put in the oven while I was ironing. The Cheddar Loaf also sounded so inviting! Trouble was I didn’t have enough spare cheddar. I had some Wensleydale though and I knew that it would work well baked in a cake and it goes perfectly with apple. Also, I didn’t have any bran cereal so I substituted some porridge oats instead.
Here’s how this scrumptious loaf was baked:
Some walnut pieces were chopped roughly and toasted in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Flour, salt and butter were put into a mixing bowl and rubbed together. I then added the cheese and porridge oats to the mixture.
Next, a chopped apple and the walnuts were added to the mixture.
The mixture was combined together so that everything was well coated.
The mixture was then put into the loaf tin which I had lined with a loaf tin liner from Lakeland.
Just out of the oven with my cake tester still sticking out of it! It had been in the oven for about 3/4 hour.
I just had to taste a small slice and it was heavenly despite me realising I had forgotten to add the salt to it. It still tasted nice though.
Once the loaf was baked I was still nowhere near the bottom of my ironing pile despite catching up with Downton Abbey in the meantime. I think ironing makes me hungry but as the loaf was still very hot I had to make do with a cup of tea until it was cool enough to handle.
I took the loaf into work and was very surprised to see that the tin was empty by Friday lunchtime. I thought as it hadn’t got any salt in it, it would put people off but when I checked the tin, all there were were crumbs! I will definitely be making this again and will also try it with Cheddar to see how it compares.
Love Sam xx