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Easy Saffron Apple loaf

This saffron apple cake with applesauce is the juiciest cake I know. The applesauce not only adds extra juiciness to the cake, but also naturally sweetens this cake which allows us to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. And saffron is the secret and magical ingredient that makes everything together have an exquisite flavour and aroma, as you have never tasted before in any cake!

The recipe is the easiest to prepare, you will not need any special tools or a mixer. You can mix everything by hand with a rod and a bowl! You can use homemade applesauce or store-bought applesauce. I have bought it already made, in either case what I recommend is that it be process it very finely so that you do not have a lumpy sponge dough.

As for the ingredients, they are all quite conventional and you can play to substitute some for what you have at home. For example, you can use any type of oil or butter if you prefer. For the sugar, I have used brown sugar because it seems more aromatic to me, but you can use any other type.  

And one thing that I recommend, but I don’t know if it is found in all countries, is to use baking powder containing saffron, in addition to using natural saffron. In Germany it is sold by Dr. Oetker in small sachets. I have used it for this recipe and the saffron aroma is much more intense. Although I expected that it would also give the dough a little yellow colour, but you can see that in my case it has remained with the colour of a normal cake.

Finally, as for the type of apples that work best for this recipe, I would say that a type of apples is sweeter and not too crunchy. Of course, you can use any other type, this is already a personal preference, but I would recommend not using a Granny Smith apple because it would be not so well cooked and opt for a sweeter and softer variety such as Pink Lady or Fuji.

One last trick that I give you is that you can freeze this cake cut into individual portions and defrost the portions for a snack or breakfast whenever you feel like it 😉 You can even put a slice in the toaster and the apple will caramelize a little. You’ll see what a yummy treat!

If you have tried this recipe, leave me a comment below so I know if you liked it! You can also upload a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #caudesucre and tag @caudesucre so you can see them. I love to read you and see your creations !!

Sweet dreams,

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Easy Saffron Apple loaf

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By Raquel Ramos Serves: 12 - 14
Prep Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: 50 min. Total Time: 1h 10 min.

This saffron apple cake with applesauce is the juiciest cake I know. The applesauce not only adds extra juiciness to the cake, but also naturally sweetens this cake which allows us to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. And saffron is the secret and magical ingredient that makes everything together have an exquisite flavour and aroma, as you have never tasted before in any cake!

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 60 gr of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 120 ml vegetable oil
  • 250 gr apple sauce
  • 300 gr all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp saffron in threads or ground
  • Almond slices to decorate

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 170 ° C. Grease a rectangular mold about 25 cm long.

2

Peel, core and cut the apple into small cubes. Reservation.

3

In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar and eggs until frothy.

4

Add the oil and applesauce and beat until combined.

5

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

6

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined and smooth. Don't overwork the dough.

7

Add cubed apples to batter until evenly distributed.

8

Pour the batter into the mold. Sprinkle the almond slices over the dough.

9

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skewer pierced in the cake comes out clean.

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