Posts made in March 11th, 2013

Apple Bread

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 in DIY, Sweet | 0 comments

Apple Bread

Puttering around the kitchen today I noticed two lonely apples hiding beneath a pile of bananas in my fruit bowl. Where did those come from…? However, seeing them reminded me of a recipe I used to love making in college.

 

Living in a coed dorm halfway across the country from my parents freshman year naturally taught me a lot of things…. Unfortunately, one of them was that I can’t stand cafeteria food! Even back then, three years before I had ever seriously considered culinary school let alone pursuing a career in pastry, not being able to cook on a daily basis made me miserable. To compensate, I went out and bought the most basic of tools- one pot, a colander, a spoon, a mixing bowl, and a loaf pan.

 

It turns out my dorm had a little used kitchenette on my floor where I could throw together some pasta or a bake a quick treat whenever I started getting desperate. This apple bread was a go-to recipe at the time because it was easy to put together and includes some of my favorite flavors.

 

Truly, there is nothing like the smell that comes from warm apples, cinnamon, and butter together. My dorm mates must have agreed because the smell wafting down the hall never failed to bring heads popping out of individual rooms looking for a handout.

 

Years later, this recipe and I have both evolved but are still together. Try eating a slice of this bread simply warmed up, or for a little dose of sin, slathered with honey butter. Guess which way I prefer? Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

Apple bread:

½ cup butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups AP flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon allspice

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1 cup peeled and chopped apples

 

Topping:

1/3 cup AP flour

2 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter, cold

 

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a 9×5” loaf pan.

 

In the bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment or in a mixing bowl with a spatula, cream together the butter and sugar until it starts to lighten in color. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice.

 

Add in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla extract. Be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.

 

Alternate adding the dry ingredients with the Greek yogurt. If you are using a mixer, remove the bowl and fold in the apples by hand. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan.IMG_0742

For the topping, whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon (feel free to use your dry ingredient bowl from earlier and save dishes!). Cut the butter into chunks and toss it in to the flour. Using two knives in a cross-crossing motion (or a pastry blender if you have one), cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.

 

Sprinkle on top of the batter and bake for 50-60 minutes, rotating your pan halfway through. When it’s done, the top will be a deep brown.  To test, insert a paring knife or bamboo skewer into the middle of the loaf. If it comes out clean (meaning no wet batter stuck to it), the bread is done! IMG_0936

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