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Friday, 1 October 2010

Glazed Apple, Carrot and Walnut Loaf



What could be better than a tasty carrot bread??? All spicy and moist . . .




An Apple and Carrot Loaf, that's what!!! All spicy and moist and filled with lovely tart apples and sweet carrots . . .

Hmmm . . . And what could be better than an Apple and Carrot Loaf???




Why an Apple, Carrot and Walnut Loaf . . . all spicy and moist and filled with the tart flavours of apple, sweet carrots and the crunch of toasted walnuts!

But hey . . . you can go one step further you know . . . and make it even more scrummy!



How about glazing it with a sweet/tart apple glaze while it is still warm from the oven !!!




Oh my . . . this smells heavenly when it is baking. You almost can't wait for it to come out of the oven . . . it smells so good! And then once you get it out of the oven, you almost can't wait for it to cool down enough so that you can slice it . . . and then . . .



You want to sit down with a cup of your favourite brew and cut the loaf into thick slices . . . and then slather lovely softened sweet butter alllllll over them . . . mmmmm . . .




Every mouthful brings joy . . . sweet . . . moist . . . crunchy and nutty . . . pure bliss.

The loaf is so spicy and moist and nutty . . . the butter so sweet and rich . . . every mouthful is oh so very scrummy yummy nummy!

I just love autumn . . . don't you?



* Glazed Apple, Carrot and Walnut Bread*
Makes one 8 by 4 inch loaf
Printable Recipe

Moist, simple and delicious! Very nice plain, or spread with softened butter or cream cheese.

250g plain flour (2 cups)
150g light muscovado sugar (1 cup packed)
1 TBS baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
(about 1/3 of a nutmeg)
healthy pinch each ground ginger and allspice
100ml cloudy apple juice (1/3 cup)
75g of butter, melted (1/3 cup)
2 larger free range eggs, beaten
1 large tart cooking apple, peeled and grated
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
a handful of toasted walnuts chopped

For the glaze:
4 TBS cloudy apple juice
2 TBS caster sugar

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter an 8 by 4 inch loaf pan and line with baking paper. Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice in a large bowl. Set aside.

Whisk together the apple juice, melted butter and eggs. Set aside.

Squeeze as much liquid out of the apple and carrot as you can with your hands. set aside.

Add the liquid ingrediets to the dry ingredients, and fold together just to combine and evenly moisten the dry ingredients. Fold in the apple, carrot and nuts. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Level the top and then bake in the heated oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. It should be well risen, nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the centre should come out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin while you make the glaze. Stir together the juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Spoon evenly over the hot loaf. Let sit a few more minutes to absorb, then turn out onto a wire rack, rightside up, to finish cooling. Serve cut into slices, and or not spread with butter. Store in a tightly covered container.

16 comments:

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

This looks wonderful...Perfect for apple season!

Katie said...

Looks gorgeous and full of yummy spices. Love the additon of the apple, perfect for autumn

Allie and Pattie said...

Marie, this is a brilliant combo. I did pumpkin and apples last week, but carrots? Genius!
xoxo Pattie

La Table De Nana said...

Cozy kitchen fare.. Are you loving your new oven these days? cause miracles happen there all the time!

Bonnie said...

I love this recipe and am going to try it!

Anonymous said...

Love this commbination Marie, will most definately bake this. Thank you.
Margaret in Florida

Chele said...

I'm a step ahead of you this week ;0)
I have both apples and carrots in plentiful supply lol

Sandy said...

Wonderful! Can you tell me, ( I am not a baker or much of a cook) what "cloudy" apple juice is? Is it organic????? I can't wait to make this for my friends this fall! Sandy

Marie said...

Hi Sandy cloudy apple juice would be the hand pressed apple juice, not the clear one made from concentrate. Hope this helps!

Brandie said...

Yesterday I printer out this yummy sounding bread and ran to the store to pick up some additional items. I whipped up a loaf and I have to tell you, YUM! It was very, very good! The intense apple flavor is wonderful.

Marie said...

Brandie, I am so glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming back to let us know!

Janet said...

Hi Marie,

I read that muscovado sugar is different from brown sugar. Can I substitute brown sugar? I'd really like to try this recipe. Also, if I can't get a handpressed apple juice here, what could I use? Will bottled apple juice work?

Thank you,
janet

Marie said...

Hi Janet. Muscovado sugar is indeed a bit different than regular brown sugar, but only in that it has a stronger flavour, due to the higher molasses count. It is basically unrefined brown sugar. You can use regular soft brown sugar in it's place with no problems. I think bottled apple juice will work fine also. I like to use te handpressed because it is cloudy, and not so clear. I hope this helps! xx

Janet said...

Thank you Marie. I can't wait to try this recipe. There's something about this time of year that just makes me want to bake.

Jackie said...

Hi Marie

What is cloudy apple juice?

Marie said...

Jackie, cloudy apple juice is handpressed apple juice, not the clear stuff. You normally find it in the chiller section of the grocery shop.