Recipe

Flourless almond, plum and orange blossom loaf

This divine almond, plum and orange blossom loaf is made without flour to produce a lighter, gluten-free alternative to many traditional fruit loaves. It is packed full of flavour and is gorgeous served warm with a pot of tea.

  • Serves 6
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 45 mins cooking

Ingredients

Flourless almond, plum and orange blossom loaf
  • 2 medium green apples (300g), grated coarsely
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 2 cup (240g) ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 5 small plums (375g), halved
  • 2 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup, extra
  • 2 tablespoon flaked coconut, toasted

Method

Flourless almond, plum and orange blossom loaf
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C. Lightly grease a 10.5cm x 21cm x 6cm (base measurement) loaf pan; line base and long sides with baking paper.
  • 2
    Combine apple, egg, milk, honey, extract and orange blossom water in a large bowl. Add ground almonds and baking powder; stir until just combined.
  • 3
    Spread mixture into pan, level top; top with plums, cut-side up, pressing them slightly into the batter. Drizzle with extra honey.
  • 4
    Bake for 1 3/4 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Sprinkle with coconut and serve warm.

Notes

You can also make this loaf with other stone fruit such as small peaches or apricots. You may need to cover the loaf loosely with baking paper during the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent over-browning. For paleo and dairy-free diets, serve with coconut yoghurt.