Well hey there! Boy, do I have a treat to share with you today.
Yesterday it rained here for the first time since May. And when I say “rained”, I mean FREEZING rain. It felt like mid-January, not the beginning of October.
I loved it.
I immediately put on all my winter clothes (yoga pants and a sweatshirt) and went out to buy groceries and a box of firewood. When I got home, I lit all my pumpkin spice candles, put on pot of tea, made a roaring fire and started baking. And while I don’t necessarily know if the weather constituted such a roaring fire, the Florida girl in me loved every second of it. Someone remind me of that in two months? Okay, thanks. Now onto bread.
I wanted (heaven forbid) a nice alternative to pumpkin bread. Not that there’s anything wrong with pumpkin bread but it just seems to be everywhere right now. What can I say? I like to color outside of the lines. And after an entire afternoon of mixing, testing and baking, this is what I came up with.
A rather old fashioned spice loaf, slightly sweet and full of fresh grated apple, applesauce, molasses, ginger and cinnamon. On top, I drizzled a simple icing made from confectioners sugar and apple cider. Eating it makes me think of chunky cable knit sweaters, striped wool socks and little house in the big woods.
Make it for someone you love! That means you!
Apple Spice Bread with Apple Cider Glaze
makes 1 loaf
2 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1/2 large apple, grated and pressed with a paper towel
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tbsp apple cider
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.
In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, molasses, butter, applesauce and grated apple. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined.
Scrape batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let loaf cool completely before glazing.
To make glaze, mix together the confectioners sugar and apple cider. Drizzle over completely cool loaf.