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Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple Spice Bread

One Thursday a few weeks ago I went to the market, as I always do.  I carefully selected apples for the next week, inspecting each one to make sure they didn't have any bruises or weird spots.  On Monday morning when Jon was picking an apple to take with his lunch, they were all bad.  And not like, oh this has a little bruise bad, actively bad.  It was like some sort of apple gremlin came and ruined them all overnight.  I made an emergency trip to Whole Foods that day (and wandered around for an hour trying samples and getting things we don't need) to restock, and made apple bread with the reject fruit. 



Apple Spice Bread
adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups chopped apples, skins removed

Topping:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an 8 x 4 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, all spice, and cloves.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.
Add in oil, applesauce, and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Add the sugar and mix until well combined.
Make a well in the flour mixture, pour in the wet ingredients and mix just until the flour is combined.
Using a rubber spatula, fold in the apple chunks.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter in the loaf pan.
Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until loaf is golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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