Thursday, January 13, 2011

Whole Wheat Apple CInnamon Bread


I have the most delicious bread for you. Serious goodness coming your way. It had such a profound impact on me that I made it last weekend, and then I baked another loaf this week and am already down to a single piece. In my own defense, I brought four slices to work yesterday.

While writing about this apple bread, I began to realize that I have a slight obsession with quick breads of every kind. So if, for some unknown reason, apple bread isn't your thing, maybe one of these is:





Since the snow keeps falling and the wind keeps blowing here, I don't think I'll be getting sick of hearty quick breads any time soon. Anyone else out there have a favorite quick bread recipe? Share them in the comments below! 

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Bread
Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook 

The first time I made this bread, I skipped the refrigeration stage. While the bread was still delicious, it didn't hold together like I wanted it to. The second time, with refrigeration, yielded a much more pleasing result. Don't skip this step and save yourself some grief. 

Ingredients 
*3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
*1/4 cup all-purpose flour
*2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
*1 tablespoon baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*2 large eggs
*1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
*3/4 cup granulated sugar 
*2 tablespoons apricot or peach preserves
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
*2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, flax seed, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
*In a second bowl with an electric mixer or by hand, beat together eggs, butter and sugar until creamy and well combined. Stir in preserves and ground cinnamon. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in chopped apples.
*Transfer batter to loaf pan and smooth top with a spatula. Refrigerate in the loaf pan for 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and just slightly soft in the center. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the loaf and turn out onto wire rack to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

Happy Baking!

Madison

11 comments:

The Blue-Eyed Bakers said...

We are quick bread lovers ourselves - they're so...well...quick! And always delicious. The apple cinnamon combo here sounds fabulous...perfect this to make on a snowy day!

Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

That bread looks delicious! This is my favorite pumpkin bread:-) http://keepitsweet.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/my-favorite-pumpkin-bread/

Jennifurla said...

Lovely bread, not too cold here...we might push 80 over the weekend.

Alexis @There She Goes said...

quick to make bread is the best kind!

SHUGARMAN FAMILY said...

That looks delicious, I am going to make it this afternoon, refrigerate it tonight and bake it for breakfast for the kiddos in the morning (since they have no school). Thanks for sharing the recipe!

lena said...

hi, i'm surprised to learn abt the refrigeration step, might want to try this out some day. cheers!

Diana said...

Mmmm....I love quick breads, too! This one looks delicious - can't wait to try it! :o)

Taylor Renee said...

Hey Madison! I love your blog and your recipes, so Im passing the Stylish Blogger Award on to you! You can check it out here:

http://trimmedandtaylored.blogspot.com/2011/01/introducing.html

xox,
Taylor

SHUGARMAN FAMILY said...

I am following up my previous post to say we enjoyed this bread this morning. Very delicous. Not as sweet as most quick breads, but I liked that about this bread. I actually used orange marmalade instead of preserves, because that's what I had on hand. Thanks again for the great recipe!

Heather Levine said...

I made the bread this evening for my husband and he loved it!! Great recipe! I used the apricot preserves, everything was great. I'll definitely be making this again. I like that its mildly healthy with the whole wheat flour and delicious apples. Thank you!

Tara said...

Just made this today coz I have an Apple tree and all the ingredients handy. Yumm! It's great.

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