Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

My mother in law is coming to visit and we wanted to welcome her with blackberries, fruit of her childhood. Unfortunately the summer has been so hot, they're all over. We managed to find a half cup full which we used in this recipe. It's very nice loaf and I should imagine, would taste even better with more blackberries. Do not peel the apple.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan160C/gas4. Butter and line the bottom of a medium loaf tin (approx 1.7 litre capacity.) Put the flour, butter and sugar in a large bowl and rub together with your fingers so they look like fine buttery crumbs.
  2. Measure out 5 level tablspoons for the topping and tip into a small bowl adding in the cinnamon and demerara sugar. Put this to one side.
  3. Coarsely grate the apple (skin too) down to the cores. Beat the eggs and mix in the orange zest and grated apple. Stir the baking powder into the rubbin-in mixture in the large bowl. Quickly and lightly stir in the egg mixture until it drops lightly from the spoon. Don't over-mix.
  4. Finally, gently fold in just under three-quartes of the blackberries with a metal spoon, being careful not to break them up too much. Spoon the cake mixture into the tin and level off. Scatter the rest of the blackberries over the top. Now sprinkle the topping over and bake for about 1 1.2 hours, checking after about 50 minutes. If too brown, cover with foil. Test with a skewer - push it into the cake mixture, not a blackberry.
  5. Leave the cake in the tin for at least 30 minutes before turning out. Then leave to cool on a wire rack.