Spiced Apple Bread
Fall has finally arrived and with it, the unmistaken flavors of the season! While everyone is obsessed with everything pumpkin, I’m focusing on the amazing flavors of apples and combining them with some of my favorite spices to create a Spiced Apple Loaf Cake that is perfect any time of day. For breakfast, it’s great slathered with cream cheese; for an afternoon treat, it’s perfect with your coffee; and at the end of the night, serve it up with some peppermint tea for a real treat.
Another fantastic thing about the fall season is that we can all get back to baking, since our kitchens have finally cooled down! One of the most basic necessities in my baking toolkit is a sturdy nonstick loaf pan - it’s perfect for all those breads and meatloaves I’ve been wanting to make. The Nonstick Loaf Pan from American Kitchen Cookware is fantastic, as it’s gold-toned aluminum, which helps bake your cakes uniformly. Did you know that darker bakeware tends to burn your baked goods faster in the oven? That’s why I love these lighter pans. Plus, they’re nonstick, making the cleanup easier and the stress of taking out that first slice almost nonexistent.
Now, let’s talk about fall flavors and spices. If you haven’t bought spices in a while or can’t remember how long that ground cinnamon has been sitting in your pantry, it’s time to throw them out and purchase new ones. It’s important to be using fresh spices when baking. You can tell a spice is fresh because of how aromatic it is. If the smell is flat and woodsy, it’s time to trash it! You want spices to smell incredible, to blow you away. My favorite fall spices include cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cardamom, all which I purchase already ground. Then there’s nutmeg, which I always like to freshly grate it every time I use it, as it really brightens up the flavors of any baked good.
This recipe calls for an apple, which you will chop into small pieces to fold into the loaf cake batter. If you’re wondering what type of apple to use, particularly in quick breads like this, I suggest steering towards a tarter apple like a Granny Smith that will not become mush when baked. This bread is studded with apple pieces that caramelize in the oven, which makes it such a treat! So start enjoying the cooler temperatures, the brisk walks in the neighborhood, and the delicious smell of fall spices baking up in your kitchen - this bread is the perfect way to celebrate the season and all its glory!
Spiced Apple Loaf Cake
Yields one loaf
12 ounces unsweetened applesauce
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon each: ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom
½ teaspoon: freshly ground nutmeg, kosher salt
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease the loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the applesauce, sugars, eggs, and melted butter.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until incorporated. Fold in the apple chunks.
5. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until golden brown and baked in the center. Cool before slicing.