Apple cheese loaf

sugar and apples

The Australian apple recipe book, 76pp.
no author named
Southern Holding Publishers, Huonville, Tasmania, 1992
Cooking on page 32

In addition to a collection of apple recipes, this little book has a short history of apples.

John Pascoe Fawkner is regarded as the father of Australia’s apple industry, and Tasmania was shipping fresh apples to England by 1884. There are also descriptions of popular apple varieties available in Australia. Given the book was published more than 25 years ago, I was interested to notice that many of today’s most popular varieties were not mentioned—I’m guessing they weren’t even grown then.

I’m not sure how I came to own this book. Perhaps Poor John, our apple aficionado, brought it home from one of his trips to a second-hand bookshop.

apple cheese loaf

Apple cheese loaf

Ingredients
4 oz (113g) butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon soda (bi-carb or baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup grated unpeeled red apples
1 cup grated tasty cheese (cheddar)
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Flour, soda, baking powder Apple, cheese, walnuts

Method
Beat together butter and sugar until creamy, add eggs one at a time, beating as you add. Sift together the dry ingredients, stir in about 1/3, then stir in grated apples, cheese and walnuts. When combined, mix in remainder of flour. Turn into a greased loaf tin (9” x 5”) and bake in moderate oven about 1 hour, or until done when tested.

How it played out
We had five teenage exchange students with us at the coast house, so I had the challenge of keeping them fed. Over six days, I made countless meals and seven loaves of bread including this one and two other page-32 recipes of French bread and penne carbonara  (coming soon).

I pretty much followed this recipe—what could be easier—although I used three apples, because the ones I had were quite small. The bread took just about an hour at 180°C. After I took a pic and sampled the buttered slice, the rest of the loaf vanished in about an hour. Teenagers are like vacuum cleaners when it comes to food.

Australian apple recipe book

Verdict
Oh so easy to make and the kids loved it. I thought it was missing a little something. Couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but maybe an extra half teaspoon of ginger or some nutmeg or cinnamon. Funnily enough, the most predominant flavour was the walnuts.

Travel
If you love bread, you might enjoy a post on my travel blog about the etiquette of the baguette.

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About leggypeggy

Intrepid overland traveller, keen photographer, avid cook—known to jump out of airplanes and do other silly things. Do not act my age.
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18 Responses to Apple cheese loaf

  1. Your bread sounds and looks delicious, Peggy 🙂
    My daughter have used apples in baking through many years. We use either ecologic grown apples or if not possible, then usual peeled. I don’t know, how apples are grown in Australia, but in Europe many get sprayed with pesticides of different kind to live longer. Then we both wash well and peel before using, because mostly pesticides reside in the shell.

  2. This I can make! This looks scrumptious! I love tea breads especially spread with whipped cream. I agree with you, with an apple recipe I’d add cinnamon.

  3. Meant to add that you are brave – 5 teenage hunger machines in your house for 6 days. And you still have money for groceries for you and Poor John?

    • leggypeggy says:

      I don’t mind having kids around. Over the years, we’ve hosted 29 exchange students (usually for 6 to 12 months at a time) and I’ve been a volunteer coordinator for 80–90 others. Helps that I cook almost everything from scratch.

  4. lmo58 says:

    Peggy, this sounds really yummy. It also looks really easy to make which I like. Must take a drive out to Pialligo myself soon.

  5. shoreacres says:

    This looks wonderful. I’ve made an onion, cheese, and dill bread for years, but it isn’t necessarily the best with an afternoon cup of coffee. This looks like it will fill the bill perfectly, and I’m anxious to try it.

  6. Laurie says:

    My husband loves anything apple so I’m going to make this tomorrow for his birthday breakfast. I know he’ll love it.

  7. Now this really sounds so different !!! I am going to pin this one !!! 🙂

  8. Delicious ❤
    Ciao
    Sid

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