Yep, it’s another apple recipe. Frankly, I can’t seem to get enough of them. I walked into my favorite grocery and there were piles upon piles of heirloom and antique apple varieties as far as the eye could see. Well, at least as far as my eye would let me see–because all I wanted to do was sample each and every one of those autumnal gems. And I did. When this happens, I usually bring home at least one of each kind (which drives the cashier insane) and sample throughout the week. Last winter, it was citrus. This fall, it’s apples.

Quick breads also remind me a lot of this time of year. Maybe it’s because all of the best kinds (pumpkin bread, zucchini bread…) all make me think of the fall with their fragrant spices and rooted goodness. Apple bread certainly takes its place among them. I saw this recipe about a month ago but wanted to wait until peak apple season. I’m glad I did.

Glazed Apple Molasses Bread

What I love about this bread is not only the apples, but it’s molasses counterpart. It is the molasses, mingling with fresh nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon, that brings me back for a second slice. The apples and apple sauce give it a fantastic, gooey texture. It is sweet, but not over the top, the sweetness coming mainly from the apples and apple sauce. Although, the brown sugar does add a nice depth. I substituted the butter with olive oil (I like my quick breads made with oils instead of butter) and it was great. The whole wheat keeps things stable (both in the bread and with the ‘ol blood sugar) and gives it just the right amount of density.

Don’t skip the glaze either, it adds a surprising kick of apple flavor to the bread, unlike the apples already inside. I think it is more fragrant than anything, with a strong, wonderful smell of apples trapped in the liquefied sugar syrup. Then, cozy up with a slice of this and a cup of tea for a snack. Or, spread some nut or seed butter on it in the morning. Enjoy!

Glazed Apple Molasses Bread

Glazed Apple Molasses Bread Recipe

via Whole Living

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground allspice
  • 6 tablespoons softened unsalted butter OR olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 5-by-9-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, kosher salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.Use an electric mixer to beat together butter and light brown sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add molasses; beat until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, plus vanilla, and beat until incorporated. With the mixer on low, add half the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Beat in applesauce; add remaining flour mixture until just incorporated. Peel and core apples, reserving the peel and the core. Cut apple into 1/4-inch cubes, and fold into the batter. Transfer to pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

 

Glazed Apple Molasses Bread, by Tricia Martin