Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My First Post! And it's a yummy one....

My first post on my blog! YEAY!! I'm still getting the hang of this whole blogging thing so please bear with me...

Today, I needed to use some eggs and applesauce that had been lingering in the fridge. Bread is my weakness... especially sweet bread, so I found a delicious-looking recipe for an Applesauce/Oatmeal bread on  Basically all of the alterations I make to recipes have to do with what ingredients I have on hand, in the refrigerator, or about to go-off and needs to be used... I really don't like to waste. I also try to keep on hand and use ingredients that will make the recipes HEALTHIER.

I made some changes to the original recipe (using mini loaf pans, using only White Whole Wheat Flour, adding raisins, omitting a few ingredients I didn't have) and it turned out amazing!  Here is my own adapation of the recipe:

Applesauce-Oatmeal Bread
Yield: 1 loaf (or 2 mini loafs)
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 45 min (35-40 for mini loafs)

1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil - I would reduce this amount to 1/3 cup next time or use yogurt instead
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup old-fashioned whole grain oats
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup raisins (optional) - I like them!

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan (or 2 mini loaf pans).

2. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, and spices, and add them to the wet ingredients in the bowl. Mix in the oats, applesauce and raisins (if using).

3. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake 40 to 50 minutes for 1 loaf pan (or 35-40 mini for mini loafs) until a toothpick comes out clean when you test the bread. Remove the bread from the oven, and cool completely.

Recipe adapted from via King Aurthur Flour

Now if I can just keep myself from eating both loaves today.... ;)

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