Fall baking has caught me in it’s tailwind. I smell the cool morning, see the leaves changing color, and yearn for my house to smell of cinnamon and apples. We have the last of the apples on our tress. Since we have so many varieties in the orchard, we have the treat of a longer apple picking season. The gravensteins, the best of our apples, were harvested a month ago. But some of our tart apples have just now ripened, and they are perfect for baking- so I’m not complaining.
The kids were in charge of providing snack at their school last week. I was all set to make some yummy pumpkin baked doughnuts, but Q wanted to bring apple bread. Frankly I’d never thought of apple bread, but we found a great recipe on food.com and off we went. I adapted the recipe to be a little healthier and heartier. We subbed out half the oil for applesauce and half the flour for whole wheat, and cut the sugar in half. The end result was a very moist and hearty bread that was as sweet as I would ever want it. I can’t imagine what it would have been like with twice the sugar. Cake I think, not bread.
Mix all the dry ingredients together.. In a large bowl beat the eggs, then stir in the sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Use a flavorless oil like sunflower or grapeseed. I never use canola oil. For one thing it is almost 100% genetically modified, and our family feel strongly about not consuming GMO ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Stir in the apples and spoon into two prepared loaf pans. I buttered the pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, testing to make sure the stick comes out clean.
Cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes, then turn out to a board to cool completely. This bread will store for a few days on the counter, wrapped in parchment and then put in an airtight container. The parchment helps keep the moisture content down so the bread does not get soggy.
- 1½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1½ cup all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup sunflower or other flavorless oil
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 cups peeled and diced apples
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1 teaspoon flour
- Mix flour, cinnamon, soda, salt and baking powder together.
- In a large bowl beat eggs, and add sugar, applesauce, oil and vanilla.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet.
- Stir in apples.
- If you want to add walnuts mix then with a teaspoon of flour then stir into the batter.
- Pour into 2 greased loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.