Saturday, August 3, 2013

{Cinnamon Apple Bread}

I'm so glad I am finally posting this. This is BY FAR my best creation yet. It has taken me months to perfect, but it is so worth it! Presenting, the most delicious cinnamon apple bread in the world:



This thing gets gobbled up in our house! My mom makes french toast, my dad eats it as toast, and my brother, well, he just eats it. Seriously, I just made it yesterday, and it is already half-gone! I guarantee by tonight, there will be one piece left.


In order to get this bread looking as marvelous as it tastes, it was quite a journey! When I first started making this bread, it would have a marvelous rise in the oven, then completely collapse, making for a very dense bread. It still tasted good, but it wasn't what I wanted it to be. So I experimented with it cooling on its side, reducing the liquid,  reducing the oven temperature, even experimenting the differences between mixing it in a food processor and a standard mixing bowl.

Don't be disappointed if your first attempt at this causes you to end up with falling bread. It has taken me many tries, but it is so worth it. And I promise, whether it looks lovely or not, this bread will impress your taste buds! Enjoy!!





**Make sure to read through the instructions a few times before you start. It may seem tedious, but it may mean the difference between fallen bread and true, fluffy bread.

{CINNAMON APPLE BREAD}

Ingredients:
 
2 cups almond flour 
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup hot water (110 F) 

1/2 cup warm almond milk (110 F)
3 eggs
3 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 of a large apple, diced
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Instructions:

Here's how I've found the most success: 

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Place the almond flour in the food processor and grind about 15 seconds in order to break up clumps. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

2. Dice 1/2 of the apple, then add it to the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

3. Next,  mix the yeast, sugar, and hot water in a small bowl. Mix it up gently, place a towel over the bowl, then place it in a warm and disclosed place and set a timer for 10 minutes. 
 
4. While waiting for the yeast, heat up the milk, bring eggs to room temperature (put them in a bowl with hot water). 

5. When there is about 30 seconds left for the yeast, mix in the warm milk, eggs, and oil. Then pour the yeast into the food processor and  mix for one minute, until a dough forms. 

6. Gently pour the bread into the loaf pan, then gingerly fold in the apple mixture. 

7.   Bake for  50 minutes, or until done (to test with a toothpick, poke it in the center of the bread. If the tooth pick is clean, it its done. If it has dough on it, set the timer for another 5 minutes and check again). 

ENJOY!!!!!!! :)