Apple Lemon Loaf

Apple Lemon Loaf-1-2 In the midst of the holiday cooking, baking, shopping, prepping and celebrating, sometimes it’s such a relief to make something that’s uncomplicated and basic. I don’t know about you, but sometimes this time of year can seem to be a bit hectic and I like to stay as grounded as possible and take it all in stride, enjoying each moment, instead of getting stressed out. It’s so important for me to take a deep breath, enjoy a leisurely bubble bath, listen to music while decorating the tree, sip homemade cappuccino while reading a good book and sit down to some good home cooking with loved ones, even though sometimes it seems as though I need to rush, rush, rush, and there’s no time for pleasurable and laid-back activities.

My favorite desserts involve as little work as possible. Preferably mix, dump out and bake. It can’t get any easier than that. The aroma of baking sweets is so cozy and inviting, no wonder there’s candles dedicated to recreating the smell.

There are some ingredients that I ALWAYS have on hand, and as soon as I start to run out, they go on my shopping list immediately. Two of these irreplaceable ingredients are apples and lemons. If you come to my house, you will most likely find them in my big fruit bowl that sits on my kitchen cupboard.

I’ve been wanting to come up with some sweet loaf recipes with delicious combinations of flavor and it only seemed natural to include both apples and lemons to create a moist and aromatic treat. The verdict – absolute perfection. Note to self – lemon zest with apples is a glorious combination. 

Ingredients:

1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter, softened

1/2 – 1 cup  sugar (I used 1/2 cup, but I don’t like my desserts too sweet, use your judgement)

4 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 apples, peeled and grated (1 3/4-2 cups)

1/2-1 teaspoon lemon zest

powdered sugar, to dust the top of the loaf, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with butter or spray.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until they are pale yellow and fluffy. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-24 Add the eggs, one at a time. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-22 In another medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt, until well mixed. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-17 Add to the batter and mix to combine. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-16 Add the vanilla, grated apples and lemon zest. Mix to combine. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-13

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Apple Lemon Loaf-1-10 Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and even it out. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-8 Bake for about 45-55 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Apple Lemon Loaf-1-6 Cool for 3-5 minutes and then take the loaf out of the pan and place it on a cooking rack. Dust with powdered sugar or you can even cover it with a glaze, such as the one I use for my Orange Bundt Cakes, just substitute lemon for orange.  Apple Lemon Loaf-1-2

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Apple Lemon Loaf
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) butter, softened
  • ½ – 1 cup sugar (I used ½ cup, but I don’t like my desserts too sweet, use your judgement)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 apples, peeled and grated (1¾-2 cups)
  • ½-1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • powdered sugar, to dust the top of the loaf, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with butter or spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until they are pale yellow and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt, until well mixed. Add to the batter and mix to combine.
  5. Add the vanilla, grated apples and lemon zest. Mix to combine.
  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it out evenly.
  7. Bake for about 45-55 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 3-5 minutes and then take the loaf out of the pan and place it on a cooking rack. Dust with powdered sugar or you can even cover it with a glaze, such as the one I use for my Orange Bundt Cakes, just substitute lemon for orange.

 

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  1. Anna says

    Looks super yummy! Absolutely perfect for the holiday season- I’ll have some in the oven while I decorate the tree tonight :) Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

  2. Ashley P. says

    I found your blog yesterday and immediately have fallen in lust over all the wonderful recipes. I just made the Apple Lemon Loaf for my father (he also doesn’t like overly sweet desserts) and he asked for a second helping! I made it specifically for him so I couldn’t refuse. Now he’s looking forward to a slice in the morning with coffee. :) Thank you so much.

    • says

      Hi Ashley!
      I was so happy to read your comment. Thanks for taking the time to write. I am so glad that you could make your father happy with this loaf. Enjoying it with coffee sounds delicious. I’m tempted to whip up a loaf too.

  3. Paramitha Nasimova says

    I’ve made this cake half from recipe this morning. Was so confuse what to bring for my son’s lunchbox as dessert. And I came to this, it’s awesome loaf! Even though I don’t have lemon in hand, I kept make this. I’ve always trust your recipe, bcos it’s always turn out good! And what I like most about this loaf is not too sweet (I’ve followed your sweet measure cos I don’t want my son eat too much sweet). Will try the new one with poppy seed! Thanks Olga, you’re the best! God bless you and your little family!

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