Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cranberry Apple Bread

My daughters have been asking me to bake something new for a couple of weeks. After the holidays I was on baking burn-out so I took a break (and we still have goodies in the freezer). On Friday afternoon I had some spare time (ok, who are we kidding? Of course I didn't, I was just putting off other things that needed to be done). Since the baby was napping and the girls were working on some art projects I had some spare minutes to try out something new in my kitchen. I had a basket of apples on my counter and a bag of cranberries in my freezer. I have been wanting to try an apple bread that I had a recipe for and since I had the cranberries, I decided to incorporate them as well.

I used the basic dry ingredients measurements from another of my bread recipes, but fiddled around with the other ingredients. What I came up with is now my daughters' favorite bread.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups chopped, peeled apples
1 cup cranberries- finely chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat your oven to 350F and spray your loaf pan with cooking spray.

2.Peel and chop your apples. Chop your cranberries in a food processor- I made mine very small. Zest your lemon. Set these aside until you are ready to use.

3.In your stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl) combine sugar, eggs, and oil. Beat well.

4.In a separate bowl combine your flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, allspice, and cinnamon.

5. Gradually add to the wet mixture. It will be thick. Once the dry ingredients are blended in, add your apples, cranberries, and lemon zest. The liquid from the fruit with help thin the batter a little bit.

6.Pour into your bread pan.

Bake a for 60-65 minute, or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine took exactly 65 minutes.

This bread is great as a snack, a treat to have on hand for company, as dessert for kids, or for breakfast.
~Happy Baking!~

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