We entertain quite a bit in our household, and the dinner parties we through tend to be both festive and relatively stress free - our friends are appreciative, adventurous eaters, not likely to balk if rutabaga or tempeh finds its way to the table, and not given to making rude comments if the texture of the homemade bread isn't perfect this time.
Every once in a while, however, we find ourselves called upon to host a party for work that is a wee bit more posh and entirely more stress inducing. I usually respond to this state of anxiety by concocting new, exotic, and previously untested recipes for the menu - precisely not how one is supposed to cook for a high pressure dinner party, I do believe.
This is one of the least unusual recipes I prepared for a recent such event, but it was such a lovely surprise having apples in a savory bread that it was undoubtably the success of the evening, drifting happily from the appetizer table, paired with a round of creamy goat cheese, to the dining room for the main course alongside a sweet potato curry... Had there been any leftovers, I had already planned a toasted slice with peanut butter for breakfast... But there were not, which happily gave me the excuse to bake another loaf.
Apple Oat Bread(Adapted from King Arthur Flour)