I’ve had a serious problem the past two weeks. I’ve had bread on the brain…and I’ve been baking it non-stop. It’s fine because Mark and Oliver don’t seem to mind a bit. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve made the best tasting chocolate banana spice bread ever, that I will be sharing with you soon, and then I made this little number. I mentioned in my previous post that we brought home a loaf of apple bread from an apple orchard we visited a little over a week ago. It was punctuated with chunks of apples and walnuts. It was outstanding. The kind of bread you dream of. I’m sure I’ve told you before apple cake happens to be my all time favorite cake. It’s true. I request it every year for my birthday. It’s rich and decadent and over the top good. This bread reminds me of it a little bit, only a lighter, less decadent version. That’s why I had to make it. I needed to have a recipe like this in my repertoire, in case of an emergency.
Adding in pumpkin came to me as I was trying to decide on what to replace half of the oil with in the recipe. First I thought of applesauce, that would have worked great, but then the thought of using Fall’s best two flavors – pumpkin and apple, kept creeping back into my head. I went for it.
It made for one fragrant, moist and flavorful bread. We’re flying out to the Bay Area for a long weekend and I made sure to tuck away a loaf in our luggage to share with family once we arrive.
Treats are always best when shared with the ones you love.
Yeah, it’s pretty much a little piece of heaven in your mouth. Oh, and no need for butter, this bad boy is good on it’s own.
Tucked away with my bread I also made sure to pack Ollie’s favorite owl puppet and book in my carry-on bag. Three very important carry-on items.:)
Pumpkin Spice Apple Bread Recipe – Updated 10/15/2013
3 cups of chopped apples (roughly 6 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, oil, pumpkin, spices, vanilla extract and salt together, until smooth. Sift in 3 cups of flour and baking soda and baking powder. Fold gently together until incorporated. Mix in apples and walnuts. Pour into parchment lined bread pans and bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean once poked in the center of the loaf.