I'm off work this today and it's a wonderful day to be off!
Temps in the low 70's.
Sunshine breaking up the early morning haze.
I'm enjoying my coffee this morning with a slice of this delicious apple bread!
Perhaps stop at a favorite local home decor store.
Baking homemade apple pie.
Dinner and fun times at good friend's home tonight!
I just had to take the time to share with you a recipe I used some of my Jonathan apples, some beautiful golden raisins and pecans. This is finished with a heavy dusting of cinnamon sugar that just falls in the nooks and cranny's of the top of the bread!
The recipe makes two loaves, but I halved it and made one. I also substituted part of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. I decided not to add pecans this time, but I will add them the next. It's tasty, either way! Bits of apple-y goodness specked this bread, making it moist. A good contrast from the crisp sugar top and corners --my favorite!
I hope you enjoy this blessed Friday whatever you bake and wherever you go! :)
Spiced Apple Orchard Bread
In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla, then stir in chopped apples, raisins, and pecans. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Grease 2 9x5-inch loaf pans and line bottoms with waxed paper. Greased waxed paper. Pour batter into pans, smoothing the top with a spatula or spoon. Bake for 20 minutes at 325°. Pull out rack and sprinkle loaves with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Continue baking for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.Cool for 10 minutes; turn out onto a rack. Slice and serve or freeze.
(I didn't use wax paper, but just sprayed the loaf oan well with Pam for Baking.)
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