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I’m usually not much of a baker and I prefer to stick with all things savory. I can make mean vegetarian lasagna and delicious marmalade ribs, but I’ve also caused a cake to flop and cookies to burn. There is such an abundance of beautiful fruit around at the moment that I’m attempting to give it a baking another chance. Using fruit in baking is an excellent way to use up fruit that is bruised, damaged or a little past its use-by date. People often tend to stick to the conventional banana bread, rhubarb tart, and blueberry muffins, but I find that fruit is so versatile that it’s fun to play around with flavour combinations and mix up different recipes.

I’ve got a ton of blueberries, strawberries and some old apples that need to be used so I thought I’d give it a go in a loaf. I browsed a few recipes and then modified a couple of strawberry loaf recipes to come up with my own. It turned out surprisingly well! This loaf is perfect with a cup of tea or warm with melted butter on a weekend morning.

Apple, Strawberry and Blueberry Loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups diced fruit
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
Granola topping:
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
Method
  1. Pre-heat oven to 3450F
  2. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs then add the Greek yoghurt and oil.
  4. Combine both dry and wet mixtures and add the fruit.
  5. Pour the loaf mixture into a greased loaf tin.
  6. To make the granola, melt the butter, honey and sugar in the microwave. Add the granola to the mix and sprinkle over the loaf.
  7. Bake in the oven on 350F for 45 to 60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

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