Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recipe: Apple Bread

I think of this a lot like banana bread . . . it's the perfect way to use up apples that are a bit overripe and no good for eating any more. I tweaked this recipe a bit, adding a more spices and baking it for way longer. For some reason, the first time I made this, it was way underdone so I put it back in the oven . . . and then forgot about it. I was bottling cider out in the shop and had a "oh shit!" moment, ran inside, pulled the bread out, and miraculously it was not burnt, just crusty and delicious. It's a very dense bread and I recommend slathering a slice with butter as soon as it comes out of the oven. Pure happiness.

Apple Bread

3 cups flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Mix together wet ingredients and the apples. Combine the two (this takes some serious arm muscle). Stir in walnuts. Spoon mixture into two greased loaf pans and shake, tap, and smooth to get the very thick batter to settle. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the bread is very done. It should be almost burnt, but don't let it go too far! 

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