In another edition of my ongoing series “ways to force breakfast down my husband’s gullet”, I have for you today a perfectly hearty, perfectly fall-y breakfast bread recipe.
(My what an appealing picture. Who wouldn’t want to devote time and energy to baking a delicious rectangular turd?)
Apple bread isn’t anything new, I know. Everybody and their grandmother has a recipe. This is just mine. And it is deeeelicious!
This version is marginally less unhealthy than some of them out there. It uses a whole wheat flour blend, some flax meal for fiber, and of course lots of apple-y spicy goodness. We all love it!
Spiced Apple Bread
1/4 c vegetable oil
2/3 c brown sugar (can reduce this if you’re using really sweet apples)
1 t vanilla
1/2 c buttermilk
1 c whole wheat flour
1 c AP flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2-3 T flax meal
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/4 t allspice
2 medium-large apples, peeled, cored and grated (do not drain!)
2/3 c raisins, unless you live under the thumb of an anti-raisin dictator as I do.
Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
In a large bowl, beat your eggs and add oil, sugar, vanilla and buttermilk and beat well to combine. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, salt and spices, then stir in the flax meal. Stir dry ingredients into wet, being careful not to over-mix. Gently fold in grated apples and raisins*.
Pour into your prepared loaf pan, and top it however you choose. Bake for about 60 minutes. Cool slightly in pan (~10-15 minutes) then turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing, if you can wait 😉
We’ve been a little over-indulgent lately so I just topped it with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch of raw sugar. But it’s way better with streusel topping (especially oatmeal).
(PS> Two words: honey. butter. I don’t have any made up right now, which is a crying shame. Don’t you make the same mistake!)
*Seriously. I should’e clarified this before I married the guy.