Spiky Vanilla Apple loaf

Denise says:

This is a firm family Rosh Hashonah favourite and quick to make. Enjoy as a dessert or for tea. Using store cupboard ingredients, it is an excellent recipe to have when you need a last minute quick fix sweet!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 90 minutes

Serves: 6 – 8


  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 2 cm slices
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 185g margarine
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the apples, 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon.
  2. In the food processor, cream the margarine and 100g sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a greased and lined 2 kg loaf tin.
  5. Push apple slices vertically into batter, placing them close together.
  6. Bake at 150 C for about 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.