This spiced loaf is great to eat on its own but it also works well paired with some blue cheese. The sweetness of the loaf complements very well the strong cheese. We ate it with some Bleu d’Auvergne and fig jam on Saturday as part of our dinner. The apple sauce really keeps this loaf moist and it’s easy to pack, so it makes a nice edible gift as well.
This recipe is for a medium size loaf pan.
1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
½ teaspoon of grated nutmeg
1 cup of apple sauce
½ cup of sour cream
10grs of melted butter
Pinch of salt
100grs of chopped walnuts
1 cup of chopped dried apricots
1 cup of chopped dates
Zest of 1 orange
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a medium loaf pan with parchment paper. This just makes it easier to remove the loaf afterwards.
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the batter into the mold. Tap to get rid of any air bubbles.
Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.