So I decided to make some apple bread. I normally look at a few recipes and wing it but this time I am going to explain my thought process when I wing it.
I orginally took this recipe for Date Spice Loaf and modified it. Everyone should make the original recipe though. It is delicious and I have made it twice since I made it the first time oh A WEEK AGO.
2 cups coarsely chopped dates (10 ounces pitted) 1/3 cup orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Triple Sec 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges) 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (3 oranges) 3/4 cup (3 ounces) coarsely chopped pecans
But see I had fresh apples and walnuts. So I took the two cups of dates and made it two and a half cups of shredded apples. I shredded the apples because I hate finely chopping anything because I am not good at knife work.
I did not use the orange zest because I thought it would be overpowering to the apple flavor.
Instead of the orange juice, I used apple juice.
And I used a stick of butter because the dates have a sticky, moist quality that are imparted on the bread and the apples would meld into the batter more. And I REALLY like butter. I also melted it because who has the time to wait until it gets to room temperature?
I then added a teaspoon of ginger to the spices because well, I like ginger.
So here is the modified recipe: Winged Apple Walnut Bread
2 1/2 cups coarsely shredded apples
8 tablespoons (one stick) butter, melted 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
I have never tasted Date Nut Bread. It is just something that I did not get as a child and when I had the opportunity to get it as an adult, I would order something else, like a chocolate chip muffin.
Well, it is really good! I mean REALLY GOOD. Like smells like cookies (as yohboh said) good.
The link has the recipe that I sorta followed.
When I try a recipe, the first time I make it, I follow it fairly closely. The next time I make it, I will experiment. The only thing I did differently from the original recipe is I put more cinnamon and nutmeg in it. Because I like them.
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