Saturday, December 21, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Loaf ~ Perfect for Christmas Morning

These easy make-ahead, freezable loaves will become part of your standard baking repertoire. Because of the apples they stay moist longer than a normal breakfast bread.  They also freeze beautifully and are almost as good as when they were fresh from the oven.

The "winning" Apple Cinnamon Loaf Recipe
I tested multiple recipes to find just what gave the best results.  On Pinterest and Facebook you see many recipes with lovely photos.  But if you've tried them you know you must beware.  Some of them are really just marketing gimmicks to get you to look at a page that contains an ad.  With this recipe you needn't worry.  I've done all of the testing and taken the best of several recipes and made them in to one that never fails.

Look Good ~ Taste Bad
These three cute little loves above don't look bad at all.  I got this recipe on Facebook.  And while the flavor wasn't terrible, it wasn't good and worse yet the texture seemed all wrong.  Instead of crumbly and brown, the dough was white and pasty.  They failed to rise properly.  I won't bore you with the many other tests and related photos, just suffice it to say that the winning recipe below will make a great breakfast loaf or snack for your family and fill the house will the wonderful smells of winter baking at the same time.  Give it a try and let me know how you like it!  Merry Christmas!


2 cups flour
Better Topping than Loaf
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar (granulated white)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 heaping tablespoons applesauce
2 apples

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Combine flour, soda, salt and spices. Set aside. In a large mixer cream the butter until lighter yellow and somewhat fluffy.  With the mixer on a medium-high speed, slowly add the white then brown sugar until well combined.  Beat in the eggs and applesauce. (May use sweet or unsweetened applesauce.) With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Stop the mixer.  Peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces. Fold in with a spoon or with the mixer on very low/stir.

Spoon the batter into a loaf pan(s) that have been greased or sprayed with food release (Pam).  Use one standard loaf pan or three mini-loaf pans.

Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the tops of the loaf(s).

Bake 30-35 minutes for mini-loaf or 55-60 minutes for a standard loaf, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Making many for Christmas gifts.

Wrapped and ready to go!

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