I love loaves (and loaves love me. My hips to be precise). After my recent banana bread, which I wasn’t too thrilled about, I wanted more. Apples and cinnamon are my go to duo for most baking try outs. Plus, the added bonus of the house smelling like an American bakery. I didn’t look up recipes for this one. I just winged it because by now I know how to bake a quick bread. Some apples and cinnamon in the mix and I’d have to try to get it wrong. What’s new though is that I added a couple of things in hopes of the loaf turning out softer and more moist than all my previous ones. It worked!
No big secret or anything. I added one mashed banana, some Greek yoghurt and olive oil. A mixture of these 3 made sure the loaf was soft and moist even the next day. And not to forget it was demolished at work by my colleagues within minutes. I guess you could substitute the apples with pears if you’d like. I just think pears don’t have much give in the flavour department like apples do. Especially when teamed with cinnamon.
1 loaf (a gorgeous one at that)
15 mins (IF there’s no music or dancing in the kitchen involved)
Flour – 1.5 cups
Baking soda – 1.5 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp + 1 tbsp
Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup at room temperature
White sugar – 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp
Brown sugar or jaggery powder – 1/4 cup (don’t sweat if you don’t have any, just use white sugar instead)
Eggs – 2
Vanilla – 1/2 tsp
Greek or strained regular yoghurt – 2 tbsp
Olive oil – 1/4 cup
Apple – 1 (1/2 cubed and other 1/2 sliced)
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In a separate dry bowl cream the butter and sugars together.
Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk for another 2 mins.
Now the yoghurt and olive oil go in. Mix well.
Tip the dry ingredients in and fold.
Pour half the batter into a greased and flour dusted or parchment paper lined loaf tin.
Roll the apple cubes in 1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar and place on the batter. Cover as much as you can.
Pour the remaining batter.
Now toss the apple slices in the cinnamon sugar and line them neatly one after the other on the batter as shown in the picture.
Bake for 50 mins.
Serve with coffee or tea. Or even for breakfast, who cares?