"If your nerve deny you, go above your nerve" - Emily Dickinson
Sometimes life asks us to find a strength in ourselves that we likely didn't realize we woke up with. To go beyond ourselves into a place above fear, above worry, and above our regular comfort in order to face the challenges that lie ahead of us. What makes moments like this conquerable are kind people, ready to step in and help at a moment's notice, putting their own needs aside for the sake of helping another. I'm lucky enough to have those people in my life, and when I needed it most, they answered the call.
There are a lot of ways to say thank you, but no better way (in my opinion) than with something made from scratch. When my heart is so full from the love and care shared with me by others, I want to make something sweet, simple, and full of delight in return. This time, I chose Apple Bread. I've made Apple Spice Muffins about a million times from a recipe I invented after every recipe I tried was dry, complicated, and rather bland. This time, I reinvented that same made-up recipe into a very decadent Apple Bread. And, if I can say, it is absolutely delightful.
I'm pretty picky about dessert-type breads, particularly the flavor to sweetness ratio. I have a very sensitive and opinionated palate, which is part of the reason I've taken to crafting my own recipes. I like simple recipes that work to highlight the natural deliciousness of the raw foods. I want apple bread, not sugar bread with apples mixed in. So I learned, through trial and error and many attempts, exactly how to make a bread whose leading character is the apple. The other ingredients are simply the supporting roles. This, is that bread.
This bread is simple, clean, moist, and delicious. It's great for breakfast, a snack, or just because. For extra delight, top with berries and honey, yogurt, or Tahini. Or enjoy it as-is, letting the apples take center stage. Sometimes simple takes the lead for me. Uncomplicated and minimal. In a world of constant noise, something so delightfully simple is refreshing to me. How lovely that an apple could be this delicious by just pairing it with a few good supportive ingredients.
Simple Spiced Apple Bread
This recipe makes two loaves
- 5 apples, peeled and diced
- 3 farm fresh eggs
- 3.5 cups Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- 2/3 cup Coconut Oil, liquid
- 2/3 cup Agave syrup
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of 2% milk or almond milk
- 1 heaping tablespoon ground Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Prepare two full-sized glass baking pans by lightly greasing
- Peel and chop 3 apples. Place into food processor and chop until they turn into small bits. Place in bowl and set aside. If you are using a kitchenaid stand mixer, use that bowl for this step. If not, use another large bowl.
- Peel and chop the last 2 apples. Place into food processor, add 1 tablespoon of milk, and pulse until a mash (much like apple sauce) has formed. Scoop into the same bowl of apple bits.
- In that bowl, add coconut oil (must be liquid form), agave, vanilla extract, and (beaten) eggs.
- In a separate bowl stir flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and sea salt all together. Set aside.
- Using the wire whip (on the kitchenaid stand mixer), mix all wet ingredients together. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
- Pour batter into glass pans and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a golden brown.
- Let cool in pans before removing and placing on cooling rack.
- Serve warm. Store in air-tight container for up to 5 days. (or longer, but use your best judgement).