Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cinnamon Apple Bread

I got this recipe from Bake It Pretty.  But I made it with a little twist.   I made this with vegan butter.  I know it doesn't even sound right, and I had to go to a special health foods store, but it worked.  And it tastes pretty darn good too.

What you will need:
1 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons softened butter (or vegan butter!)
2 eggs
3/4 cup apple cider
1 to 1 1/2 cups apple (chopped)

In one bowl, sift the flour, salt, spices, and baking powder together.  Set this bowl aside.  In a separate bowl, with either a stand mixer or electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.  When the two are light and fluffy, add the eggs in one at a time.  Once the mixture is well combined, add the apple cider.  The mix will become lumpy and soupy when you do this.  If you are using the vegan butter, the mixture will already be kinda lumpy when you add the cider. Don't worry, it comes together.

Once the cider is incorporated, stir the flour mixture in.  Only mix until the flour is wet.  You don't want to over mix this.  The batter should be lumpy.  As the Bake It Pretty website says, "embrace the lumpiness".  That's been my motto this weekend.  

Gently fold in the chopped apples.  Scoop batter into loaf pans or make into muffins.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes (15-20 minutes for muffins) until golden brown.

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