Apple Bread Loaf is so easy to make, makes 2 standard loaves (so you have one to freeze), is nice and moist, and is great for lunch boxes, picnics, and quick snacks or morning teas. I have included an easy way to make the apple puree required, too.
- 3 cups plain flour,
- 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda,
- 2 teaspoons mixed spice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cups pureed unsweetened apple (home stewed is fine)***
- 1½ cups sugar
- 175g (6oz) butter (VERY soft)
- 3 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 3 eggs (lightly beaten).
- Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder & spices.
- Mix the apple, sugar, butter & vanilla essence together in a bowl.
- Add eggs.
- Add dry ingredients to apple mixture & mix well.
- Pour into 2 greased loaf tins.
- Bake at 160 degrees C (325 degrees F) for about 45 - 50 mins.
- Leave to cool in tins for about 10 minutes before turning out of tins....
- When cool, one loaf can be frozen, if desired.
*** Autumn’s Culinary Tip: This is how I prepare the Apple Puree. I peel, core, and roughly chop 6 large Granny Smith apples into the food processor, and wiz them quite fine. I tip them into a large pyrex microwave jug, and rinse the processor bowl out with 1/3 cup of water, and add that to the jug. I nuke the apple mix in 2 x 5 minutes sessions on high, stirring halfway through, then give another 2-3 minute blast. Cool. This produces approximately 4 cups of good unsweetened apple puree that isn’t too moist. I put 2 cups into a ziplock freezer bag to freeze for next time, and use the remaining 2 cups for the Apple Bread this time – a little over or under isn’t going to make a major difference, and you can adjust between the 2 amounts.
While I am a HUGE believer in cutting down on work by making a double mix and freezing it (as here, with the apple pulp and even with the 2 loaves the Apple Bread recipe itself produces), I also strongly recommend LABELING what you package, in three ways:
1 – the actual contents (here – APPLE PULP, unsweetened)
2 – the amount (in this case – 2 cups)
3 – the date frozen (the actual date)