Apple Bread Recipe
- 100g unsalted butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 250g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- dash of milk
- 2 large cooking apples
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar (100g caster sugar, ½ tbsp ground cinnamon)
Heat the oven to 170c/ 325f/ gas mark 3
Peel and chop the apples in to small pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle 1 heaped tablespoon of the Cinnamon Sugar on to the apple and mix well. Set to one side. Meanwhile, cream together the butter, caster sugar and ground cinnamon until it becomes lighter in colour and almost fluffy in consistency. Gently beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract. Add the flour and the baking powder. Mix gently until thoroughly combined. Add the apple pieces along with all of the sugary juices and mix all of the ingredients together. Grease a loaf tin generously with butter and pour the mixture in. Place in the middle of the pre-heated oven and bake for approx 1 hour and ten mins or until it is golden brown on top, comes away cleanly from the side of the tin and reveals a clean knife when poked!
Leave to cool on a wire rack and serve in slices with cold butter.
It’s apple time again, can you believe it? We’re really very lucky to have five apple trees in this garden and I’ve been picking them. Armed with a tiny step ladder that I picked up from the outside of a house clearance, I head up the steps with my trug and twist the fruit from the branches. If it comes away easily it is ready.
My Apple Bread is so great for breakfast and if you make it I urge you try it in the morning. Cooled, spread with salted butter and eaten outside in the autumnal morning sun. Let it set you up for the day, an undeniably sweet set up, but a set up none the less.
Apple Bread is lovely as a gift too. Take the loaf out of the tin to cool and then either wrap it up in greaseproof paper and then something prettier or wash the tin and put it back in to it for transporting to the one you love safely. Use some bakers twine to make it look prettier if you so wish and don’t forget to take some apples along too.
One of my favourite books at this time of year is The Magic Apple Tree by Susan Hill. I emailed Susan once, telling her how much I loved her book, and she wrote back. I think it may be time for the book to have another outing.
I gave the kids a wee piece of my Apple Bread yesterday, it’s fairly loaded with sugar, but they only had a bit. Nye wasn’t that fussed but Ned scoffed it. I’m enjoying seeing their differences come out and it’s interesting to observe the difference in their taste buds and eating habits. My daughter keeps her little eating area so neat and tidy. She puts bits of food back in her bowl if it falls out and has learned to dip food in to sauces. Ned, on the other hand, is very messy and likes nothing more than to tip whatever is left over down the front of his body and then look up in surprise and say “Oh”.
To which I respond with a loud sign or something a little more vocal depending on how tired I am at the time.
It doesn’t really matter though, he won’t be doing it when he’s twenty……………?
* Oh dear *
I love you and want to thank you for reading. There is absolutely no doubt that at some times our lives take us on such a journey of discovery that it can feel almost painful. I think being a mum to two fifteen month old twins, looking after Robert as best I can (he’s fairly independent) and all of the wonderful opportunities that are on the horizon lately have led to me feeling a little overwhelmed at times. This manifests itself in me getting very thoughtful and contemplative, searching to find a way through. But I think that these times are when one’s true self is revealed and often we’re stronger than we give ourselves credit for.
If you’re going through it right now then I urge you to take a break now and again.
Sit down and breathe even if it’s only for five minutes.
If you are a caregiver of any sort then you are going to be of no use to anyone if you crash and burn. Do something you love, whether that’s baking (My Apple Bread for instance) or reading Vanity Fair magazine. Who cares, do it, do it for those who need you to be strong.
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