It's not quite Fall but I woke up this morning really wanting something freshly baked, perhaps because it's Sunday. My mother always had something sweet in the house on Sunday's just in case guests arrived for tea. The good teacups would come out, the freshly starched linens, matching teaspoons and cake forks neatly placed on the livingroom table. I think people visited on a Sunday because they knew that my mother wouldn't dissapoint. She is the best baker that I know.
2 medium apples, peeled and diced into 1/2” cubes (2 cups)
2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup candied ginger, roughly chopped
1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup cane sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup milk
Garnish: Powdered sugar (optional)
To Serve: Cream cheese and Spicy Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 350F (180C) Butter and flour a 5 x 9 loaf pan.
In a small bowl, combine apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/3 cup light brown sugar and candied ginger - Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment in place, cream butter and cane sugar until fluffy. Lower speed and add eggs, one by one, then vanilla and mix on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda. With the mixer speed on low, add flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture, alternating between flour and milk as you go.
Pour half of the cake batter into your loaf pan. Top with half of the prepared apple mixture and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon light brown sugar. Pour the remaining cake batter on top and finish with the rest of the apples, making sure to press them into the batter gently. Sprinkle with the last tablespoon of light brown sugar.
Bake for 60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. If you’re concerned about the cake getting too brown on top, tent with some foil after 45 minutes in the oven and continue as normal.