Apple Banana Quick Bread

Apple Banana Quick Bread

As I look back at my recipes in the bread section I want to laugh. You might recall me saying…

“I like classic banana bread, but if given the choice between that and some other breads out there, its my second choice.”

You’d think otherwise, since MOST of them ARE banana breads in some form. ;)  Truly though, I think it’s just the classic one that needs something.

So on that note, I’ve found yet another variation to banana bread!

This one I would not call quick bread in the sense of making it. It had lots of “parts” to it. But the results were SO good it didn’t last more then 5 min out of the oven. I am totally serious too!  It was heavenly warm, and we never got to try it cold as it was to good.

For starters, the original recipe (from A Whisk and Spoon) called for granny smith apples. I never have those on hand, as I am not fond of them. So I simply used my gala apples. Tasted great! I recommend just using whatever apple you have on hand.

I cored, peeled, and chopped two gala apples.

Apple Banana Bread

 Then prepared the pan for the apples.

Apple Banana Bread

 I have to say, this made my brain tick. I think this would make for a seriously yummy apple pie filling! :)  I think I will try it someday.  It smelled divine!

Apple Banana Bread

 I forgot to get a picture of the dry ingredients, but I did get one of the beat sugar and butter. ;)

Apple Banana Bread

 This is the part that makes me say this isn’t the quickest quick bread.  There is a pattern to follow. While not a completely hard one, you still HAVE to use your brain. And at this point in my pregnancy, my brain doesn’t seem to be working so hot.

I put all the ingredients I needed, ready to add to the bowl to mix in a certain order. The original recipe called for Orange Juice. I didn’t have that, but I did have apple juice. Seemed to work out just fine.

Apple Banana Bread

 I added the eggs one at a time, like the recipe suggested.

Apple Banana Bread

 While I was working on this recipe I had Noah stirring some flour in a bowl of his own. He seemed to enjoy “helping” me in this way.

Apple Banana Bread

 I added all the ingredients in the order suggested.

Apple Banana Bread

Apple Banana Bread

Apple Banana Bread

 Into the pan to cook, and out of the oven came this bread that was SO good it barely made it out of the oven before it was devoured.

Note to self:  Make TWO of these next time!

Apple Banana Bread

 This is about what was left after 5 minutes or so. And even then, this was gone within the hour. It was truly good bread!

Apple Banana Bread

Apple Banana Quick Bread

Apple Banana Quick Bread

Ingredients

  • For the apples:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the banana bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups very ripe mashed bananas (2 to 3)

Instructions

  1. Before you start:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour a 1 1/2-quart loaf pan.
  3. To make the apples:
  4. Preheat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and brown sugar and heat until bubbling. Add the apples and cinnamon and sauté until golden and tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  5. To make the banana bread:
  6. -In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  7. -In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. -In a small bowl, combine the apple juice and vanilla.
  9. -Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the apple juice mixture, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each flour addition. Stir in the mashed bananas until combined. Then stir in the reserved apples.
  10. -Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before unmolding onto the rack to cool further.
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Comments

  1. Mom says

    I think I will have to give this one a try soon. I have all the ingredients here. Even the Granny Smith apples. :O) You know they are my favorite ones to eat. And that helper sure does look like he is really working hard. :O)

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