Apple, Cranberry and Almond Loaf

Firstly, I have to say sorry for another baking post.  I’ve done lots, and to be honest, I’ve got to stop baking, it’s taking a toll on my waist line.  Secondly, I had this great recipe I wanted to post which didn’t work out.  I’m not sure if it was me or the recipe, or the fact that it just might not be my type of dish.  I’m talking about Macaroni and Cheese.  Yep, I made it on Saturday night.  Got the recipe from Neil Perry’s book, took lots of photos, got really excited.  Then when I sat down and ate it, I realised I didn’t really like it.  It tasted fine, the recipe was simple, good quality ingredients.  I just don’t like cheesy-pasta.  I like oil, garlic, tomato and-or meat in my pasta.  

I contemplated all Sunday on whether I would post the dish, but in the end I realised I’m not going to cook it again, so I wouldn’t be true to the blog if I asked you to cook it.  So back-up plan you ask – Apple Cranberry and Almond Loaf.

I’ve had a print out of this recipe for years!  I’ve baked it quite a few times and every time I really enjoy it.  I had to do a little search to find where it came from, and it’s none other than Bill Granger.

This bread has no butter or oil, and only a small amount of sugar, so it is perfect for breakfast.  Plus it gives you the excuse to lather it with butter!

It should have dried cherries, but I couldn’t find any at my local shops, so I opted for cranberries.  Other than that, I changed some of the ingredients slightly, only because when I added the coconut I then needed more milk, and an egg.  This bread seriously makes your house smell amazing…

Apple, Cranberry and Almond Loaf
½ cup rolled oats
300ml milk
2 cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup dried cranberries or cherries
50g dried apples, chopped
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons honey
2 eggs
¼ cup milk
3 tablespoons chopped almonds, plus extra on top

Soak the oats in the 300ml milk for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl, sift in the flour and baking powder, and stir in the oats, dried fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, eggs, coconut, milk and almonds. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.

Pour the mixture into the lined tin, and sprinkle the remaining almonds on top. Bake for 1 hour or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

Leave it to cool a little before removing from the tin, then completely cool on a wire rack.  Serve warm or toasted.


  1. wow - that looks seriously amazing.

    i had a mac and cheese failure last week too...

  2. Thanks :)

    The depressing thing about the fail (well not quite fail, more fence-sitting) is that I halved the recipe and put it in two small oven dishes, and only cooked one, so I have one ready to be heated up in my fridge. I don't know if I should give it another try or ditch it..

  3. your blog is going to be THE BLOG i go to when in search of a recipe. great pics! everything looks so appetizing!

  4. I love Bill Grangers recipes and this one looks like a winner - delicious.

    PS. I like pesto on my pasta, but am partial to the 2twice a year bowl of mac n cheese in the dead of winter :)

  5. taking a toll on YOUR waistline?! now I have to go and try this and I was doing so well...
    T x

  6. Thanks Melody and Jas! Mmm pesto..

    Miss T there is only 1/3 cup of sugar and no butter or oil - I'm labelling it healthy! :)

  7. I definitely think you can label this healthy, it looks so delicious. GG

  8. I know at least 4 people who would love to have this right now :) Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. can I use fresh apples (how much)?


  10. This looks delicious and healthy! Just wondering if you drain the soaked oats, or add that milk as well as the 1/4 C?

  11. Hi there, you will notice when you soak the oats they will absorb pretty much all the milk, so pour it all into the batter :)


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