Cobnut & apple loaf cake

This loaf cake is simple and seasonal, using fresh autumnal cobnuts and apples, topped with dreamy dulce de leche

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves 10
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 387
  • fat 22g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 40g
  • sugars 23g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 6g
  • salt 0.6g


  • 75g cobnuts (shelled weight)
  • 2 Cox's apple, peeled and grated
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • pinch baking powder
  • 3 tbsp dulce de leche or ready-made caramel
  • 25g cobnuts (shelled weight), finely chopped


Fresh cobnuts

You have to buy cobnuts in their shells because they are eaten fresh, they will be green at the start of the season in September and brown by the end of it in October.


If cobnuts aren't in season then use hazelnuts instead.


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 1.2 litre loaf tin with baking parchment so that it hangs over the edges of the long sides enough to help you lift the cake out. Rough chop the cobnuts and mix them with the apple.

  2. Beat the butter with the sugar until it is pale and soft then beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in a little flour if the mixture looks as if it is separating. Fold in the remaining flour and baking powder followed by the apple and nut mixture.

  3. Bake the cake for 1 hour or until it is risen and golden and a skewer comes out clean (be careful not to mistake a bit of soft apple for uncooked cake).

  4. While the cake is hot and still in the tin melt the dulche de leche or caramel in a pan and let it bubble for a minute or two, it will darken a little. Stir in the nuts and then spoon the mixture over the top of the cake. Once the topping and cake have cooled for 5 minutes lift the cake out of the tin and finish cooling it on a rack.

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