Apple Halva Loaf Cake

After trying Ottolenghi's walnut halva cake, I knew I needed to bake more with halva. It's utterly delicious. I adapted this apple cake recipe to include halva, plus tahini for good measure.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 9x5-inch loaf


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 apple, cut into small cubes

  • ½ cup crumbled halva

  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 5 ½ tablespoons tahini

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

  2. Mix all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together. Add apple and halva.

  3. Whisk melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, tahini, and vanilla extract together in another bowl. Fold into the flour mixture.

  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Tent with foil after 30 minutes to prevent over-browning.

  6. Cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
17g Fat
39g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 388mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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