This actually isn't the first time I've made apple tea cake. Usually I prefer to try new recipes and new combinations of ingredients but when I first spotted this apple tea cake on Mashi's blog, I was intrigued by the blobs of dough which were dropped on top that the recipe literally shouted out at me for me to try (surely this recipe wasn't the same as the one I tried last!) You see, I'm actually quite picky when it comes to choosing a recipe (the criteria ranges from needing to be a new recipe, the recipe to be slightly healthy, colourful, must have fruit, must keep well - sometimes it gets ever so hard to narrow down to one recipe and I end up not making anything at all.) This was perhaps one of those rare opportunities when I stumbled across the recipe and no questions asked, my heart was set on making it.
The original recipe is actually from Not Quite Nigella who made it with pear. She says in her recipe that you can easily substitute with apples and being that these were handy at home, off I went with the recipe.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup wholemeal flour, 3/4 cup self-raising flour, 3/4 cup caster sugar, 125g melted unsalted butter, 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Press three quarters of the mix into the base of the tin. Scatter 1 diced apple on top.
Place small pieces of the remaining dough on the surface of the apples. Sprinkle with a generous dose of cinnamon.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Strictly you should allow to cool before slicing as it's delicate when warm. I didn't really follow this instruction and dug right in - well it tastes good! With the wholemeal flour in this recipe, it gives the loaf quite a nutty texture which I really liked.
The one thing which might come across as a little odd is that there's actually very little dough when you first mix all the ingredients together. Just keep in mind that the self-raising flour will make the loaf rise (and trust me, I was hanging by the oven making sure this was happening so you can say that I'm speaking from experience). Thoroughly enjoyed this loaf and it's super duper easy to make!