Christmas dessert recipe — apple bread
We Americans sure love our apples, don’t we?
We’ve named computers after them, eat more apple pie than you can shake a stick at and what kid doesn’t know the legend of Johnny Appleseed and his love of planting apple trees in the Midwest?
Oh, and here’s some trivia for you. Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman. In addition to being an accomplished nurseryman, he was a missionary for the Church of New Jerusalem. There you go. You never learned that while singing about Appleseed in kindergarten, did you? Yes, you can learn things — fun things — here at First Arkansas News.
At any rate — apples. Here’s a Christmas recipe that takes advantage of the time-honored apple. It’s a somewhat unique item, but it’s one that anyone with a taste for apples (i.e., most people) will enjoy. It’s easy to make and your family will love it.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups diced apples
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
And the preparation requires only four steps!
1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Grease two 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans; set aside.
2. In medium bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In mixing bowl beat the eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla together, mixing well. Stir in flour mixture until just mixed. Fold in apples and pecans and spoon in to prepared loaf pans.
4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tested done when wooden pick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pans before removing to cool on wire racks. Wrap tightly to store.
Makes two loaves.
Note: I make a powdered sugar glaze to go over the tops of the loaves. 1 cup of powdered sugar to about 1 tablespoon and a half of water. Drizzle over top of loaves while still hot and let bread cool completely.
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Marci Nobles, a Benton resident, is a fantastic cook. Visit her on the Internet at The Crazed Wife Blog or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.