Season of the Apple

apple season

Edible Epiphanies is declaring this Fall the season of the apple. Why? Because lately I’ve not only been craving nature’s sweet, crunchy treat, but I have also come across a number of fantastic recipes using apples that are healthy, delicious and versatile for almost any palate. One of them I want to keep my own little secret (or maybe I’ll share it at a later date, so be sure to check back!) but another one is just too good to keep from you all.

When it comes to baking, I find the simpler the recipe, the better. Not just from a workload standpoint, but also with regards to keeping it healthy, as the more ingredients you start to mix in, the higher the risk of adding unnatural additives and high-calorie ingredients that may leave your kitchen and your digestive system a mess. That is why this Apple Cinnamon Loaf recipe is at the top of my list for this season’s favorites.

First, let’s take a closer look at the apple to figure out which is best to use. I prefer varieties that are soft and less sweet like Fuji, Gala or Golden Delicious. They don’t have that crunch and tang of a Honeycrisp, which can overwhelm the mouth and does not bake as well. This is all a matter of preference, so you can certainly choose the apple that you prefer over the one we use for this recipe, which is the Fuji.

Since apples are high in fiber, regulate blood sugar and can even help lower cholesterol, using them in any recipe will automatically boost your health. Given the simplicity of this particular recipe, there is also the opportunity to swap out some ingredients for healthier versions, as I outlined below (*):

Apple Cinnamon Loaf

apple cinnamon loaf

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened * Substitute with low-fat butter
  • 2 eggs * Substitute with 4 egg whites
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk * Use skim milk
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
  • Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
  • Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
  • Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and add the vanilla extract.
  • Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and then fold into the butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth.
  • Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Add half of the chopped apples and half of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour the remaining batter over the apple layer, top with remaining apples, and sprinkle more of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.
  • Lightly pat the remaining apples into the batter; swirl the brown sugar mixture through the apples using a spoon.
  • Bake 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Voila!

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