Thursday, July 16, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Tea Loaves

Salutations once more fellow food lovers! We have been busy with kitchen renovations as of late so haven't had a chance to try any recipes let alone any new foods. But, as you can see, we FINALLY have access to our kitchen and cookbook collection once more! So how did we celebrate this glorious moment? By trying out a new tea time treat. 

Apple Cinnamon Tea Loaves
90g (3 ounces) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
1 egg
1 1/3 cups (200g) self-raising flour
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
1 medium red apple (150g), quartered, cored, sliced thinly
15g (1/2 ounce) butter, melted
1 tablespoon white (granulated) sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Spiced honey cream
2/3 cup (160ml) double (thick) cream
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F. Grease 8-hole (3/4 cup/ 180ml) petite loaf pan.
2. Beat softened butter, extract and caster sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg,  beat until combined. Stir in sifted flour and milk, in two batches. 
3. Divide mixture into pan holes; top with apple, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with half the combined white sugar and cinnamon. 
4. Bake loaves about 20 minutes. Sprinkle  hot loaves with remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture. Stand loaves 5 minutes before turning top-side up onto wire rack to cool. 
5. Meanwhile, make spiced honey cream.
6. Serve warm cakes with spiced honey cream.

~ The Artist ~ 

Since we don't have a set of mini pans which was suggested to use, I actually ended up using a muffin tin and evenly distributed the dough to be cooked. The only small change to the original recipe I had to do was add a little bit of additional time to the cooking process but that was about it. The end result of this little treat was a light and slight buttery flavor with a fluffy cake texture reminiscent of an light bundt cake. The unanimous suggestion that has come up with this particular recipe, however, is to replace the milk with an equal amount of unsweetened applesauce so that the cake had some apple flavor aside from the apple slices that were on top as garnish. Besides that small change for a future try, this is the perfect accompaniment to a light or slightly fruity tea such as either a green tea or fragrant herbal.