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Apple Walnut Bread

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Continuing to use the apples I have, I made an apple walnut bread last night. I based it off a recipe from Everyday Foods magazine.

It was actually supposed to be an apple walnut "cake", but I did something wrong and the texture didn't come out right. The original recipe was for a large 9" loaf, but I scaled it down for a mini loaf size. I think I added too much baking powder, and it rose like a bread. It was still delicious!

I didn't take step by step pictures because baking isn't my strong point. I heard someone on Food Network say once there are bakers, and there are cooks. I am a better cook than I am a baker. I think part of it is I didn't grow up with it as a tradition. My mom is Korean, and asians in general don't make a lot of baked goods. If I had cookies, it came in a package from the store. Pie at Thanksgiving was frozen Marie Calender's.

On the other hand, my mom was very good at make-ahead marinades and fast cooking. On that front, I am a pro. I know how to organize my ingredients, and look in the fridge for what I have to make a menu on the fly. My favorite Food Network shows are Iron Chef and Chopped. I imagine myself competing with them! If there is ever a home cook edition, I am totally auditioning!

I made the batter with 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp orange zest, 1 egg, 1/2 finely chopped apple, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, and 1 cup apple sauce.

I looked at the recipe before putting in the pan and noticed I forgot to add baking powder. I added about 1 tsp of baking powder, but this was too much. I wanted a flat top on the cake like in the magazine picture, but the top rose like a bread. I decided to decorate the top with whole walnuts before putting in the oven.

It was delicious! I ate a piece this morning with butter and a touch of honey with my coffee. The apples, walnut and orange zest blended together in a really wonderful trio. It was mildly sweeter than a bread, and less sweet than a cake. The apple sauce gave it most of the moisture and a very nice apple background flavor.

The fiance liked it so much, he ate half of it last night. Glad I made a mini loaf! I am going to try it again today, but with half the baking powder, and more chopped apples and walnut.
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