Sunday, September 24

Spiced Apple Pumpkin Bread - Sunday Bread 01

gluten free bread recipes

So I decided on a thing. I have been wanting to learn how to make really great bread for a long time now. It started with a desire for me to get better at making things from scratch in general. Then it turned into bread specifically as I got frustrated with the lack of fresh gluten free baked goods. There's only one place in my area that makes gluten free donuts, for example, and they are an hour drive away. Anyway, I thought it would be a fun project, and a good thing to do on Sundays as family time. So each Sunday I've resolved to pick a bread to make! They'll all be gluten free recipes since I have to be gluten free because I have Hashimotos. But you could easily sub in regular flour I'm sure if you wanna make it the old fashioned way.

gluten free kids

I decided on a festive fall quick bread to start with because it sounded more delicious than sandwhich bread and also because it's the first week of fall! I didn't want to make banana bread or plain pumpkin bread because those felt too easy so I decided to create my own new hybrid bread! So this bread is both pumpkin and apple with all the favorite fall spices in there too! It turned out so good. It was husband and five year old approved. It's especially delicious warmed up with some butter on it for breakfast too!

gluten free baking

Basically in this bread, you make your own applesauce using a granny smith apple, cinnamon, and salted butter. Then you puree it and that takes the place of a fat (like oil or melted butter) in the bread itself. It's an old trick my mom taught me as a kid. You can sub applesauce for oil or butter in most box kits like cupcakes or cakes and it makes them slightly healthier. I figured it would work great for this bread too because the original recipe called for canola oil but I wanted this bread to taste like apple cider anyway! If you want to do more apples in the skillet, go for it. They are delicious to eat in a bowl on their own or scooped over some vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Spiced Apple Pumpkin Bread 

1 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/3 cup gluten free old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon + more for apples
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbsp salted butter
Optional: 2 Tbsp cinnamon sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C)
2. Prepare loaf pan by lightly greasing or lining with parchment paper.
3. Wisk egg in a large bowl and set aside.
4. Saute apples in a skillet with  butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside.
5. Wisk pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract into the egg.
6. Carefully place flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a sifter and sift over wet ingredients and stir.
7. In a blender, pure the cooked apples until applesauce consistency
8. Add 3 Tbs. of your new applesauce and the oats to the bowl and stir again lightly until just combined.
9. Spoon into pan evenly
10. (Optional: sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and pull through mixture with a knife to create swirls in the dough)
11. Bake for 40 minutes or until deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
12. Remove from oven and let set in pan for at least 20 minutes and then gently transfer to a plate to cool.
13. Let cool completely before slicing, preferably several hours. Otherwise, it can be a bit crumbly.
14. Also, slice gently, as it’s rather tender.
15. Once cooled, store in a covered container or cover with plastic wrap at room temperature to keep fresh.

*recipe adapted from The Minimalist Baker's recipe here.


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