When the weather turns colder I love to eat fruit cake. Admittedly I have never had the traditional English style fruit cake, but I love the German and Swiss fruit cakes of my childhood. Usually these fruit cakes take a while to make and some ingredients are a bit hard to find.
Recently I found a recipe for Apple Bread that I had never tried out. I had all the ingredients on hand and started right away. It was easy to make and tastes delicious. I enjoy a slice with a bit of butter spread on. Unfortunately it is not a quick recipe, because the apples have to soak in the sugar for a few hours.
The recipe is vegan and I think it could be a good candidate for using a gluten-free flour as well.
Here it is:
Apple Spice Bread
150g whole hazelnuts, cashews or almonds
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp rum (optional)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. anise seeds
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
a dash of salt
500g all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
Peel, core and grate the apples. Combine with the sugar and let stand for about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 200 C ( 400 F). Grease a rectangular loaf pan.
Add the raisins, nuts and spices to the apples. In a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder. Add the flour to the apple mixture and stir until well combined. You can do this by hand.
Bake for about 60 minutes.