Apple Ginger Walnut Bread


We’re back, bitches. Where have I been? It’s a long story – I’ll post it after the goodies. In the mean time, it is Fall! Time for apple recipes. Himself loves candied ginger, and today I was thinking about making a chutney with apples and ginger, and then changed direction and decided on some breakfast cake. Because breakfast. And cake. And y’all already know how I feel about that.

Spicy Apple Nut Bread
Makes two 9×5 or four 8×4 loaves

Cream method:
In your mixer bowl, add:
4 c. AP flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. unsalted butter
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp. Baking powder
¼ tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. cinnamon

Turn on low until mixture looks like fine crumbs.

Meanwhile, prepare the fruity nutty bits:
Peel and cube 3 medium tart apples (granny smith, pippin)
Toss with 1 Tbsp. sugar and about another ½ tsp. Cinnamon to keep them from browning.
Chop ½ c. candied ginger into pieces about the size of a chocolate chip
Chop ½ c. walnuts
Soak ½ c. raisins in 1 c. hot water and a couple drops of vanilla (or rum)

Grease and line with baking parchment your loaf pans. Preheat your oven to 350*.

Once the dry ingredients look like crumbs, turn off the mixer and add in:
1 c. buttermilk
4 eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Start low and go to high and let it go a couple minutes until the mixture is fluffy-looking and about a shade lighter in color. While that’s going, drain the raisins. Once it’s fluffy and lighter, add all the fruity nutty bits, and give it a couple whirs just to stir them in.

Divide between your pans and bake about 50-60 mins (larger loaf=longer time, obvs) until it passes the toothpick test.

When the loaves are mostly cool, remove from the pan to finish cooling on a rack. You can brush with melted butter and sprinkle of cinnamon sugar at this stage, if you’re feelin’ it. Or a simple water/powdered sugar glaze. Just something to hold in the moisture. Once it’s cool, prepare the drizzle.

The Drizzle:
In a microwave-safe bowl (or 4 cup pyrex!), put:
2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbps. water
Microwave until it is bubbling. (Mine took about 30 seconds). Stir in:
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar.
Stir. It should be the consistency of crepe batter. Put it in a pastry tube to drizzle over the cooled bread.

That drizzle is one of my favorites – it’s the salty, almost caramel taste that I just love.

Ok – enjoy! And thanks for coming back after my unplanned three-month hiaitus. Our Cindy dog fell ill back in June, and passed in July. She was our good girl for thirteen years and I was devastated. Right now writing this two months after she passed and I’ve got tears blurring the screen. Then something went wrong with the air conditioner and water got underneath the oak floor and we’ve been dealing with contractors and insurance and…..sigh. It’s sucked my will to create. I did not have enough joy for me, so I couldn’t find any to share. But ya know, that damn sun just keeps coming up every morning. Take care, y’all. And if you have puppers, give them a big hug because our time together is finite.

Buttermilk Onion Rye & Apple Chutney

Fall apple day trips. Always these problems start with that autumnal urge to harvest. Then you wind up with twelve pounds of apples on the kitchen table, wondering what the hell to do with them all.  A quick poll from friends and got a great suggestion from K. for apple chutney. Mmmm. Sounded yummy.

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Then Karen happened, because what to put the chutney on? Oh, that onion rye bread would be delicious with a sweet and spicy topping. And maybe some cheese. And, poof! There went my Saturday!

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Three loaves for the neighbors!

 

Originally, I was going to post about the chutney. But I wasn’t super excited with the results. Honestly, it just had way too damn many raisins in it. And I wanted a stronger ginger and hot pepper taste. So, another day. My friend K. has excellent taste, so I know I just need a different recipe.    But this bread?! I love this bread. It is SO easy to make for a yeast bread,  and truly yummy.

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Make a sammich (with that chutney!), serve it in wedges with soup, put it on a cheese board. Yummy, moist, subtley oniony with that distinctive rye taste. Give this bad boy a whirl, you’ll be happy.

 

Ingredients
1 ½ c dark rye flour
2 ½ – 3c. AP flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp table salt
1 Tbsp yeast
1 c. buttermilk
1/3 c. warm water
2 Tbsp olive oil
¾ c. grated onion with juice (that’s about 1 medium white or yellow)
Instructions
Grate the onion in the food processor, if possible.
Put all the liquid ingredients in the bottom of the mixer with the dough hook attachment. Then all the dry.
Start on low, then once homogenous put to medium and knead for five minutes. The dough will be super springy and pretty sticky. It should hold its shape.
Grease a large bowl and the ball of dough, cover and let rise 1.5 hours. (Hint! Before putting the dough in the bowl, lightly oily your hands, too. Trust me on this – you’ll be glad.)
After the first proof, heavily dust your board with flour.
Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Get the proofed dough out of the bowl and onto the board. (Some will probably stick to the bowl.) Keeping everything covered with just enough flour not to stick to you or board, shape one oval or two boules. Get good surface tension, and place the loaves on the parchment.
Lightly dust with more flour. Cover and let rise another hour or so, til double.
Heat the oven to 375*.
Right before baking, score the loaves (and X, a square, parallel lines – whatever floats your boat.), and bake about 40m until dark brown and hollow when thumped (or 190* interior).
Remove from the oven, cool.
Notes
The loaf will be somewhat flattish (because the dough was so soft), but makes excellent sammiches and goes great with a hearty soup. Or with some cheese and chutney!
I love this recipe. The dough is sticky, but thankfully I have the KitchenAid, so I only have to deal with it putting in a bowl for the first rise, and shaping the loaf. Try this, for a yeast bread it’s super low-maintenance.
Adapted from Bob’s Red Mill Organic Dark Rye flour package recipe
serves 6
calories 425
fat 7
cholesterol 3mg
sodium 833mg
carbs 79g
-fiber 10g
-sugars 8g
protein 14g

Apple Cranberry Crumb Cake

There’s this awesome coffee cake recipe from Yankee magazine that’ really ingenious because you mix the flour, sugars, and oil and then take out 1/2 cup of that to be the crumb topping. So very New England no-nonsense.  That’s the base for this, I just put in some fruit this time. 

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Apple Cranberry Crumb Cake
Mmm – sliced and ready for nice cup of coffee.

 

Apple Cranberry Crumb Cake

 

 

Apple Cranberry Crumb Cake
Serves 24
Easy and delicious, scented with cinnamon, with lots of crumbly topping and moist apple inside.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
55 min
273 calories
36 g
17 g
13 g
4 g
1 g
86 g
128 g
21 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
86g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273
Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
20%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 128mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake and topping
  1. 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  2. 1 cup white sugar
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  6. 1 cup vegetable oil
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  10. 1 cup chopped nuts
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the fruit filling
  1. 2 medium apples, peeled and diced and tossed in 2 Tbsp. AP flour mixed with 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  2. 1/2 c. raisins or dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, salt, nutmeg, and oil by hand or on the lowest speed of a mixer. Reserve 1/2 cup for the topping.
  3. To the flour mixture left in the mixing bowl, add the eggs, soda, and buttermilk.
  4. Mix on the lowest speed until just blended.
  5. Pour half into the baking dish.
  6. Sprinkled with the apples and the cranberries.
  7. Spoon the rest of the batter on top - drop the spoonfuls of batter next to each other on the top, like you were making a bunch of dots. Then, when it's all on there, gently smooth it out to cover the fruit.
  8. Sprinkle with the reserved topping, the nuts, and the cinnamon.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving, or serve completely cooled.
Notes
  1. For this batch, I decided to make two 8" round cakes instead of one large rectangle. I made some extra crumb topping (6 Tbsp. flour, 2 Tbsp white sugar, 2Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp oil, dash salt). I put a parchment collar in the pan in case it overflowed and increased the baking time to 50-60 minutes. (because this version of the cake is taller, which means the middle will take longer to cook.)
Adapted from Yankee Magazine
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calories
273
fat
13g
protein
4g
carbs
36g
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Adapted from Yankee Magazine
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