Monday, November 15, 2010
Whole Wheat Apple Autumn Bread
My friend Patti had some extra apples from a bushel her sister had brought her from Virginia. Knowing how much I like to bake she was generous enough to share some with me, and I wanted to bake some brown apple bread with molasses. I checked in some of my cookbooks and googled a bunch of recipes but just wasn't finding what I was looking for. So I made up a recipe using fall flavors and ingredients I enjoy using, and was pleasantly surprised that my efforts turned into two savory, fairly healthful loaves of bread!
The following is the recipe I came up with, which I'll call Whole Wheat Apple Autumn Bread...
Preheat oven to 350. Take 5 good sized apples and peel and wedge them. Put the wedges in a food processor and pulse until it is fairly pureed but still a bit chunky, sort of like homemade applesauce. Mix apples with the following: 2 cups brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup apple cider, 1/3 cup molasses, 1/2 cup oil, 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups white flour. Add in 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 TBSP cinnamon, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1 tsp apple pie spice. Pour batter into two greased and floured loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until done.
These two loaves had quite a few taste testers including piano students and parents and of course my most honest critics, the kiddos! The verdict was positive - everyone seemed to enjoy it, and my kids gobbled it up, and kept asking for more for breakfast and afternoon snacks.
It's a great time of year for apples, so find some good ones and bake away!!