Chef Time!

Chef Time!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Making Bread At It's Best!

Nothing beats the smell of baking bread, it brings out the feel of growing up as a kid. But I've often wondered, if there was other ways to baking bread. So....Off to my laboratory (kitchen) I go. Trying to see what concoction I could come up with.
Lo and behold, I put together two of my favorite bakery items together and came up with a masterpiece.
I dare you to try and let this delicious treat last throughout a week, I'm willing to bet my last dollar, that it won't even make it through two days before it is completely gone.Go ahead, I dare you. In fact I double dare you.

Country Apple Fritter Bread

Bread Loaf

1/3 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. sugar
½ c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. flour
1 ¾ tsp. baking powder
½ c. milk
2 apples, peeled and chopped (any kind), mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Old Fashioned Creme Glaze

½ c. powdered sugar
1-3 tbsp. milk or cream (depending on thickness of glaze wanted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a 9x5 inch loaf pan and spray with non stick spray or line with foil and spray with non stick spray to get out easily for slicing. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl, beat white sugar and butter together using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended in; add in vanilla. Combine and whisk flour and baking powder together in another bowl and add into creamed butter mixture and stir until blended. Mix milk into batter until smooth.
Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the apples and half the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer and top with remaining apples and brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using knife or spoon.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, approximately 50-60 minutes.
To make glaze, mix powdered sugar and milk or cream together until well mixed.
Let cool for about 15 minutes before drizzling with glaze.
Next time I think I would add in walnuts. You can always use other fruit, or you could add in chocolate chips too! (Of course!)
Substitutions: I've also substituted this with ½ cup Greek Yogurt, 1/3 cup milk and add ¼ teaspoon baking soda instead of ½ cup milk as called out in the bread loaf ingredients.
Baking options: Bake 30-40 min. for 2 loaf recipe, 15-20 minutes for muffins or 50-60 minutes for one full loaf recipe or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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