I have to share this adaptation of a recipe from one I saw on Thrive Market’s blog last year, as I get this requested at least once a month by clients and friends. I’ve reduced the sugar, subbed buttermilk with grass fed yogurt, and I use apple instead of pear since pear ripeness is so unpredictable. I also like baking in mini loaf pans, as it’s easier to share and bakes much faster.
So here you have it! A perfect balance of nutty and a hint of sweet, it’s a unique way to savor fall.
Tahini Apple Snack Cake
Makes 3 mini loaves or 1 regular loaf
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose mix (plus 1 tablespoon, separated)
1 cup blanched almond flour
2 tablespoons sesame seeds (sub 1 tablespoon with black sesame seeds if you can find), plus a little extra for sprinkling on top
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup softened butter, coconut oil, or avocado oil
1 cup + 1 tablespoon unbleached sugar
1/2 cup tahini (if you keep yours in the fridge, bring to room temperature)
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup European style grass fed yogurt
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
What to do:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease one 9x5x3-inch loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans with butter, oil, or nonstick spray.
Toss apple chunks with 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl and set aside.
Whisk flour, almond flour, sesame seeds, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt together in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl, whisk butter or oil with sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add egg and egg yolk and mix again until pale and light, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in tahini and yogurt.
Fold in dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until halfway incorporated. Add apple chunks and fold gently, being very careful not to overmix, until the dry is fully incorporated with the wet.
Pour batter into prepared pan/pans and sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes for large loaf, or 45 minutes for mini loaves, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.