Now that fall is here and school is off to a very busy start, it can be hard to find extra time for baking or cooking. Between tests, homework, volunteering and nannying, there isn?t a lot of me-time. However, I am not a quitter and I believe there is always a way! Then it dawned on me: we have a trusty bread maker up in storage that would be perfect for these busy times. If you haven?t used one before you will be pleasantly surprised. You just toss all the ingredients into the pan according to the directions with your bread-maker and let it bake! The bread maker takes out all the labor usually required including: kneading, punching down and providing a warm environment to let it rise. This bread came out perfectly moist with just enough sweetness from the apple and cranberries. A few weekends ago I went apple picking so I have plenty of apples to use up- about 30 lbs to be exact. I used Cortland apples for this recipe, but any tart apple will be perfect. I can?t wait to make this bread again; it was eaten up in one day at my house. I decided to make this bread while I was making homemade crock-pot apple butter! Why use store brand bread when you can make more healthy and delicious breads at home?! This bread and apple butter combo was like dessert to me, so sweet and delicious I couldn?t stop eating it (maybe that?s why it was gone after 1 day ;)). It was perfect alone, with apple butter or even as a PB and J! I highly recommend the apple butter recipe I found from The Frugal Foodie Mama. It was quick and easy and only called for ~10 apples so you can make a smaller batch (I have very limited space in my fridge and freezer). Feel free to check out her blog and make it along with this bread- you will be SO happy you did!
Enjoy and let me know what you think!
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 2 & 1/2 teaspoons yeast (or one packet)
- 1 large apple, diced and peeled
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1. Add all ingredients except apple, cranberries and walnuts into the bread maker according to the directions for your specific bread machine. Follow all directions during cycle.
- 2. After the first rise or when your machine notifies you: add apples, cranberries and walnuts.
- 3. Remove after baking is complete and place on cooling rack.
- 4. Serve warm with apple butter or jam.
- Store in an air-tight container for 4 days to retain freshness.