Sunday, November 16, 2014

Apple Spice Bread

My favorite scents and flavors during the fall and winter transition are the spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. I recently purchased some Teavana apple spiced cider tea that was absolutely my most favorite tea ever! I'm pretty sure I will have to add it to my Christmas giving list because I want to share it with everyone! I also baked some apple spice bread that filled the house with the most wonderful smell (oh and tasted great too!) It's a simply delicious cake-type bread that only takes a few minutes to put together. It was a perfect little addition to our first snowfall in the Midwest and a busy family project weekend!
1/2 c butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2/3 c sugar (I use organic cane or raw sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c buttermilk (add 2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar to 2/3 c white milk if you don't have buttermilk and let it sit for at least 5 minutes)
2 medium apples, I used honey crisp, peel and chop into small pieces
Topping is 3 T brown sugar, pinch of cloves, 1 tsp cinnamon (mix it together with your fingers or a fork)
Beat (on low speed of mixer) butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix for about a minute. Add dry ingredients and combine until mixed together. The batter will be fairly thick.
Add the buttermilk while mixer is on low speed, it likes to splatter. Stir the apples into the batter with a spatula. Use parchment paper or your favorite grease/flour method for your loaf pan. I used a 9x5 glass loaf pan. Add your batter to the pan and sprinkle the top of the bread with the brown sugar topping.

Bake 350F for about 45-50 minutes, depending on your oven. I always use grandma's method and insert a toothpick into the bread, if it comes out clean, it's done. If not, try another 5 minutes until it's ready.
Enjoy your wonderful apple spice bread and don't forget to enjoy the scents of the season!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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