Sticky Apple and Gingerbread Pecan Loaf

The best thing about the colder months just has to be the food.  Everything gets so rich, so deep and so delectably, rib stickingly comforting.  I’m choosing to ignore the fact that there is heat wave on its way and the sun is currently bleating through my back door, instead closing my eyes and imagining howling wind and rain beating upon the window.  My imaginary land is the perfect place for this cake, screw you sun, I’m Autumns girl!  

This loaf is just so delicious and if you can’t face eating it all yourself right away, wrap it in cling film and it should keep for up to five days.  Not only that, but it actually gets taster with age.  Much like Alan Rickman…. mmmmm!

Sticky Apple & Gingerbread Pecan Loaf


150g unsalted butter

150g soft dark brow sugar

150g golden syrup

200ml milk

250g plain flour

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 large free range eggs

50g pecans, roughly chopped

3 balls of stem ginger, chopped

2 eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped into chunks.


Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan.  Grease and line a 2ltr loaf tin.  Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a small pan, stir through the milk and allow to cool.

Sift the flour with the dry spices and baking powder into a bowl, make a well in the center and pour in the cooled milk mixture.  Stir through with a wooden spoon using a circular motion. Fold in the eggs, pecans, ginger and apple.

Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 50 minutes. Cool for five minutes in the tin, the remove to a wire rack.  Serve warm, cold, toasted or slathered with cream. However you will ­čÖé


  1. Chele
    September 25, 2011 / 4:02 pm

    Well … I'm summer's girl, BUT, I would quite happily have a slice of this on a plate beside my cuppa as I sit on the balcony ;0)

  2. Kate@whatkatebaked
    September 25, 2011 / 4:55 pm

    Haha- I love that this cake is really Alan Rickman in disguise! I absolutely agree about Autumnal food- bring on the comfort factor!

  3. Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog
    September 25, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    this looks gorgeous!!! I'm an Autumn girl too! xxNom!

  4. Nelly
    September 26, 2011 / 10:07 am

    I am all about the autumn, best weather, best food, best clothes… I am Autumns girl for sure!Oh and Alan Rickmans!

  5. MissMathful
    September 26, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    wow this looks so yummy and moist

  6. Laura Wynn
    September 28, 2011 / 5:05 pm

    ahaha. For starters: this looks AMAZING and 2: I LOVE that you compared it to Alan Rickman. yum! ­čśë

  7. Jazzy E (hivenn)
    September 29, 2011 / 1:47 pm

    I can't believe how yum this looks. x hivenn

  8. Janice
    October 1, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    Looks gorgeous.

  9. Gale
    July 28, 2019 / 11:37 am

    Please email me this recipe with the English measurments like UNSALTED BUTTER ETC.

    Thank you,

    • July 30, 2019 / 7:04 am

      All measurements are using the English system. If you need them in another system you can google it easily.



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