Apple Loaf Cake

It's fall. Deepest, darkest, just-on-the-edge-of-winter, it-actually-snowed-last-night fall. Which means I'm spending my time curling up under quilts, drinking mugs and mugs of tea, and adding cinnamon to anything I can (pro tip: 1/2 cup greek yogurt + 1/8 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp maple syrup + 1/3 apple, chopped = a baller-ass breakfast)

And so, in advance of the orgy of peppermint and egg nog and gingerbread that the Christmas season graces us with, let me add yet another apple cake recipe into the world. This one is low-fuss and highly delicious, with a suspiciously small amount of butter--but don't worry, I make up for it in the streusel! I adapted it from Smitten Kitchen's magnificent Blueberry Crumb Cake, with which I was rightfully obsessed this summer.

Apple Loaf Cake

STREUSEL
3 tbsp flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 tbsp cold unsalted butter

CAKE
2 cups (scant) flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 medium granny smith apple, peeled & diced

Preheat the oven to 350F.

First, make the streusel. Whisk together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Using your fingers, work in the butter until most pieces are the size of peas, but larger chunks remain. Keep streusel in the fridge until needed.

Next, the cake. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, cream together butter & sugars until very well blended and noticeably lighter in colour and texture before adding the egg and vanilla extract and mixing to combine. Next, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, and mix until combined, followed by 1/2 of the milk. Alternate adding flour mixture and remaining milk, ending with the flour. Stir in the apple pieces. 

 
 

Spread the batter (it will be thick) into a greased and parchment-lined loaf pan. Sprinkle the streusel on top of the cake, and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until a knife or skewer inserted into the cake comes out with a few crumbs (and no batter!) attached. Let cool completely, and slice. Stuff into your mouth in an attempt to stay warm in your freezing cold apartment.