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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pumpkin Apple Bread

Pumpkin Loaf 1

Happy Wednesday, Dearies!

As you may have noticed, I have not posted as regularly due to the obligations associated with a big move. Plus, it's so hard to figure out how to take nice photos in a new place. My flat seems more like a dungeon to me right now than a viable photo studio. Luckily, I have found one little corner that gets a bit of decent light, so I wanted to share this pumpkin bread that I made for Cauldron Boy.

This bread is not quite as healthful as I've been trying to be lately, since I went on ahead and used some A.P. flour and turbinado sugar for my Cauldron Boy's sake. The result though is a bread with a texture so soft and moist that I feel comfortable calling it a 'beautiful texture', my lovelies! The soft apples are also fragrant and delicious within the spicy matrix of the bread. I feel like Fall is here despite the fact that this time of year is considered spring here in my new hollow...

Here is the recipe:

1 1/4 Cup Organic A.P. Flour
1/2 Cup Whole Grain Spelt Flour
1 Cup Turbinado Sugar
1 1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp. Ground Ginger
1/8 Tsp. Cloves
1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin
1 Cup Organic Soy or Dairy Milk
Between 1/3 and 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil*
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
1 Apple diced & sautéed in 1 Tbsp. of E.B. on medium low heat for 7 min.
Chopped Walnuts (Topping)
*Measure exactly between these two lines on your measuring cup.

Preheat oven to 350 and line a bread pan with greased parchment paper.

In a bowl, place the flours, sugar, soda, salt, and spices. Mix thoroughly. Make a well and place the pumpkin, oil, milk, vanilla, and vinegar in it. Mix very gently till homogeneous-do not over mix. Fold in sautéed apples and pour into prepared bread pan. Sprinkle with walnuts (nuts) and cinnamon. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or till a tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool for at least an hour before slicing.

Enjoy with Tofutti cream cheese or organic dairy cream cheese!

71 comments:

  1. Glad you found a little photo corner:) Your cake just screams Autumn, the fruits, nuts and those warming spices. Wow, just drool inducing- I'll take half the cake- finger liking scrumptious!

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  2. Love the addition of the walnuts and apples. Lifts the cake recipe!

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  3. Apple bread, perfect for the season! i totally know what you mean about poor lighting. My flat doesn't get much sunlight at all... Soemtimes I am able to go out on the balcony to snap a photo but more often than not the sun is blocked there too. But that's ok! I still think the beauty of food always shines through.

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  4. Stella, your pictures look just as warm and beautiful as ever. I can't even tell that you're in a new home.
    I love chunky breads that proudly display their contents! This looks moist and delicious and the perfect way to break in an oven. :~)

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  5. Oh Stella, this looks delicious! And I don't know if I told you but I finally worked up the nerve to ask my very shy (and reclusive) neighbor if I could pick the apples off her apple tree and she said YES! I'm now knee-deep in apples. Making apple sauce and apple butter. It's crazy, but I don't think I'll have to buy applesauce for a year!! I love it! Now this recipe looks like a great way to use a few more o' them apples!

    Can you take any pics outside?

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  6. Hey Stella,

    Your pictures are as beautiful and magical as always. And there's that mystical red ribbon I love so much. I think you've found the perfect place for picture taking in your new place. Hope you're enjoying your new place by the way.

    This is exactly the type of wonderful bread and baking I want to learn to make for K. Your bread looks so moist and delicious. I really love the big chunks of apples you put inside. I know that would be a sweet surprise for her as she loves apples, as does little L. I'd have to contemplate about the nuts though cause I know I wouldn't be able to resist this deliciousness. Great recipe Stella! Off to pick up K from school now. Hope you have a great rest of the week. Don't go too crazy trying to look for the perfect picture taking place cause the one you've found is already pretty great.

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  7. Pumpkin and apple are flavors that really do go SO WELL together! I love the sound of this bread!

    I'm sure you'll find your light soon! Practice makes perfect!

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  8. what a lovely bread. apples and pumpkin sounds so good.

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  9. Yum! This is similar to what i made but with a very nice twist. When I made my pumpkin bread I took it to my mom's work and all her co-workers ate it up : ]
    I was thinking of making it again for them since they loved it so but I think this will be a nice change. Especially with how many apples I am seeing at my local market and walnuts are always a great add!

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  10. Pumpkin & apples - two of my very favorite seasonal ingredients! The bread looks delicious.

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  11. This is a good one Stella! I can almost smell it from here!

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  12. This pumpkin apple bread looks just wonderful all chock full of healthy ingredients and the texture looks perfect for this type of bread:) I'm happy you found a little corner with light in your dungeon, I know exactly how you feel when I'm photographing food at home I'm literally chasing after a ray of sun light with my creation on a plate and my camera hanging from the strap, coming in on a wing and a prayer, just thought of that one, take care Stella:)

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  13. Mmm, your pumpkin bread looks so perfectly fallish! I'm looking forward to more of your great posts when you get settled and can catch your breath!

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  14. A lovely bread - I like the combination of pumpkin and apples!

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  15. Hey, at least you found a corner. I am still searching my corner :O ...

    Apple and pumpkin - best pals this season :)

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  16. What a beautiful bread...I hope you quickly make your new space into home, and that must be a great corner...the photos looks wonderful :)

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  17. Now that is comfort food in a cake. All fall flavours with pumpkin AND apple. This is definitely a keeper!
    I would love to have you chime in on my turkey stuffing post to tell me how you do yours differently than I do mine.
    :)
    Valerie

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  18. Stella~ I'm so glad you're all moved in. I know how draining that can be. So you are no longer in Tampa? Moved somewhere springy??? Very curious...

    The bread looks delightful. My two favorite fall flavors rolled into one!

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  19. Wow Stella this looks soooo good! Love that nut topping! And it looks plenty healthful to me. I bet Cauldron Boy loved it. :)

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  20. I love how amazing the topping on this cake looks. Can you believe I have never had pumpkin before? I know that you - my witch friend - are freaking out right now. If you want to send me a bit of this cake I'd be happy to remedy the error of my ways...

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  21. I haven't try eggless recipe in my baking yet. This one looks good!

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  22. Hi Stella,

    How are you?
    Sorry, I've been missing for a bit. Got 15 odd exams done... about 5 more to go. (One more tomorrow actually :)

    Thanks for checking up on me. I wish you live next door, so then I could ask for a bit of a bite. Any cake with apple in it, I am in. I've been pretty much munching on take-aways most days. Time really is precious.

    Anyways, hope you are having a jollier time over in your land.
    Pierre

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  23. A wonderful hearty and healthy bread loaded with seasonal ingredients! I love it.
    Stella, do take some time to relax!
    Angie

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  24. A bread I'd love to taste! So comforting ans wonderfully seasonal.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  25. Pumpkin and apple! What an interesting combination. I think I can almmost smell that loaf; going to get a cup of tea.

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  26. Stella, I'm amazed you had time to make anything at all! Moving is such a chore. Always fun, but a lot of work.
    Your pumpkin bread looks heavenly! That crunchy topping makes such a nice contrast to the lovely crumb inside!

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  27. Hi Stella :) Glad to see you've found your special corner in the new place and your photomojo is back! Though I don't think it ever left ;) I LOVE the look of your bread and with apple and pumpkin, this screams autumn!

    Mmmmm....luscious apple chunks within the matrix of the cake?? Oh be still my heart! Are you teasing me Stella? Now you know I must try this recipe ;)

    One question - does the ribbon in the first picture have wire along the top and bottom edges? Is that why you can twirl it so beautifully and still have it hold its shape?

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  28. So, Stellina...you've confessed to some sinful baking this week! LOL...All for the sake of making your love happy ;o)
    I totally understand how these things can happen during the turmoils and frustrations of moving. Hopefully, soon, everything will settle down properly for you. And, hey...there's no problem if once and a while you don't follow your dietary needs to the letter...I certainly bend on that too once and a while ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  29. Well, your photos still look beautiful so I wouldn't worry about it. :)

    I don't think I've ever had the pumpkin/apple combination but I'm certain that this is delicious!

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  30. It doesn't get any better than pumpkin bread...oh wait, it does! You added apple! :) Your photos are just as beautiful as ever. I can't wait to hear more about your new hollow.

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  31. Oh, that bread with all the lovely nuts on top looks so, so good. With those pictures, I can't imagine that you don't have a lot of good light in your new place! I have trouble getting good pictures even when I do have good light!
    I may have to make this one for the kids and husband.

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  32. Great idea to add the apple, I reckon it makes the pumpkin bread even more special.
    I found the right spot in your new flat, the clicks are outstanding ♥

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  33. Congrats on the big move Stella! And getting away from "uber healthy" recipes. One step at a time. The dark side has good cookies.

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  34. I appreciate all the different types of flours you use in your baking. It makes me a believe that foods can taste good with other types.

    I think your pictures are still magical. We can't often be objective about our own work.

    Glad to hear that you're moved. Yeah! Now for the unpacking.

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  35. I love this fall treat, how sweet of you to make this for caudron boy I know he loved it..glad you are posting again...perfect pic I understand the dungeon effect I am always moving around the apt looking for some kind of light. I love the nutty topping oh and your signature red ribbon...take care
    sweetlife

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  36. hope you hav esome left, Tampa is only two hours from me put the coffee on omg love this!

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  37. What a great idea to throw in some diced apples! No wonder it is so moist and tasty. I see you are using the whole spelt flour. Do not be afraid to substitute the AP flour with spelt on a 1:1 ratio. Hope you settle into your new hollow soon :)

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  38. I think you found a perfect corner to photograph Stella! I ususally go out side at my back yard to get natural light but not it's dark fast and rains so i dont get the pictures i want. anyway, i wanna see you new nest! :D

    this bread looks so good - moist and has texture. I've been wanting to make some bread for a while now. i gotta use a new loaf pan! it's sitting in a cupboard for quite some time. poor thing. hopefully when i get back i get a chance to bake some!

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  39. Beautiful loaf. Looks moist and delicious. I love to see all those apple pieces there. This would be really good with a cup of tea....yum

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  40. Stella, you know this is definitely a must for Thanksgiving! Totally! Looks sooo moist and I and I am soooo loving the topping. By the way, what exactly is turbinado sugar? I have not heard of that. Is it the same as brown sugar? Would love to give this a shot. WOuld look perfect on the dining table. Thanks Stella!

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  41. Hello my dear!
    I hope your moving went well and that your are enjoying your new place!
    This pumpkin bread looks awesome.A symbol of autumn flavours ! and I must confess that a cake with apples can only win my palate!
    P.S. I tried your pita pizza yesterday and it was yumissima!! A big, big hit with Mr Artichoke,too!!

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  42. Hi, Stella, I hope you are getting well settled into your new place. As a child, I moved every year in Korea (my step dad's work required it) and boy, it is not fun. Your bread looks absolutely beautiful!

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  43. I don't know, that pumpkin bread is looking mighty healthy to me! Delicious.

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  44. Stella this is a really amazing pumpkin bread, I love pumpkin! Look amazing!! gloria

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  45. Yep...., gotta agree with all the high praise - for the pumpkin bread which looks delicious & the photos are fabulous...., hope you turn your new home into the happiest & most photogenic of all soon. Happy nesting :)

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  46. Hope you are settling into your new place :)
    Your cake does look beautifully moist and luscious. To me, anything that's brown is healthy (chocolate and brown sugar, do you hear me??!!)

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  47. I have been away from here TOO long!! Look at those wonderful things you've made; the date bars (medjool are my fav!), vegan sausage, and now this pumpkin apple bread. And all that while moving. My hats off to you!

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  48. I love the apple/pumpkin combo...I just made one pretty close to this...and I imagine yours is fabulous! I love your place here...so excited to look around :)

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  49. I'm glad you found a nice spot for taking photos of your delicious recipes. The bread looks amazing. I love the nuts on top. It's great to know that no egg is needed in this recipe either. It's tough sticking with no sugar baking isn't it. I have been trying to cut sugar back in recipes though and it's working out pretty well.

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  50. Hi Stella

    I am so happy to see you posting again! I have missed your gorgeous healthy creations.....twinkies were starting to look good, you got back just in time!!!! Your pumpkin bread looks so moist and delcious, I love the apples in it...I hope the move went well, glad to see you were able to find a good spot to take your beautiful images!
    Dennis

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  51. looks so delicious!

    have a nice time!
    Paula

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  52. I am happy to hear that little by little, you are beginning to feel again, at home...and don't worry..the photos are great and that bread would make me very happy !!!
    besitos,
    cristina

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  53. This bread looks wonderful! I love the combination of pumpkin and apple, and the crunchy topping! I might have to give this one a try!

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  54. This bread looks yummy! I've never tried the apple and pumpkin combo but I can imagine it tasting lovely! Healthy or not, your food always seems to look tasty!

    Hope you've settled in well with your new place

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  55. why do I get the feeling I have already left a comment here? but there are so many now, I'm not going to search for my name...so sorry if I repeat my elf...love this bread/cake/breakfast/lunch/meal...it has everything that can make one feel happy. I am definitely going to make this this coming weekend...looks delicious.
    Hope you get setteld in quickly and comfy...have some good tea and a slice every now and then to keep you going!
    bisous
    Ronelle

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  56. Hi Stella

    I just tagged you over at my site!! hope you have time to play!

    Dennis

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  57. Una vera delizia complimenti , ciao

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  58. That looks so moist and delicious, the addition of the apple is superb!

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  59. That sounds so very delicious. And a perfect capture of fall flavor.

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  60. Stella, I made this yesterday and it's already gone! I tweaked it a bit to "healthify" it but still stayed true to the original concept, and I don't think it suffered any negative side effects! Truly delicious, and I'll definitely be making this again. Everyone loved it. My sister and her boyfriend ate most of it, which was kind of disappointing since it's sooo good but it came together in a snap so now I have an excuse to make more. :P Thanks for sharing, and I hope you get everything squared away in your new home soon so you can come back and share more recipes. ;)

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  61. Great looking recipe! Interesting with the red wine vinegar...It's so seasonally inviting! :)

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  62. absolutly fabulous, love this recipe
    thanks for sharing
    Bises from France

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  63. Hey Stella, I know I have left a comment earlier but I wanted to let you know that I have an award waiting for you at my blog. Do come and check it out soon :)

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  64. I love pumpkin bread... I could imagine the apples making it even better. You moved far enough that it's spring! Wow! You really must have your hands full :) From your great photos it looks like your settling in.
    All the best,
    Zibi

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  65. This looks so delicious! I love cakes like this :-)

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  66. I love pumpkin! this looks amazing Stella!

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  67. I hope you are settling well into your new home. It's one of the most stressful events of life, but once it is done, you'll feel a huge sense of accomplishment. This bread looks delicious! This is my favorite season because of the all of the great pumpkin bread recipes that abound.

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  68. I love the large chunks of apples and pecans in this bread recipe. A great fall treat.

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  69. Stella, I love your recipe. For years I have been making an apple and pumpkin bread and muffins that are somewhat similar to your recipe. But I really like where your recipe differs from mine in the spelt flour and red wine vinegar. I've yet to bake with spelt flour so I'm very curious about it. As for the vinegar well that just sounds like it would add another depth to the flavors. Ok, I gotta get my butt in the kitchen and try it. Thanks for being a part of the YBR this month and for helping get the word out. Hugs!

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  70. This looks sooooo good! I love all the goodies on top! I never would have paired the apples and pumpkin together in a bread. Fabulous!

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  71. I made this bread and it was delicious. I doubled up on the apples and had to use almond extract since I was out of vanilla. I also used about a 1/4 cup more pumpkin puree (so I wouldn't have to throw it out) but the bread came out super moist and wonderful.

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