Apple Tart Bread
What is it about the warmer weather that makes you want to roll all of your windows down in your car, blare your music really loud, and drive fast so that the wind comes whooshing into the car and sending your hair flying about in every direction? Does it really help you soak up any more rays of sunshine then driving like a normal, sane human being? I like to think so….
If you haven’t guessed already, I am so over this winter in a big way. I’ve shoveled over my height in snow and while it may really not be THAT much snow, it’s still a darn lot for my shortness! So hooray!! Spring is but a hop, jump, and skip away! Get ready for the warmer weather, loads of sunshine, and , most importantly, lots of fresh produce!
It is a wee bit early still for apples, but I still have apples, apples, apples, everywhere in my house. Yes, the half case of Fuji apples seems to have multiplied somehow and I am still working my way through them all. To the delight, or possible chagrin, of my family and coworkers, I’ve made several tarts, pies, muffins, and this lovely tart bread.
I had bookmarked this from Chuck’s which my sister and I have charmingly dubbed as our bread ahem ography site because it’s just that amazing. Really more of a cross between a quick bread and a cake, it’s amazingly simple and the results are divine. Here, let me break it down for you gnome style:
Step 1: Mix and pour
Step 2: Bake
Step 3: PROFIT!
Doesn’t get any better than that ladies and gents! Next time you have a plethora of apples, or heck, just any apples, I highly recommend you try this out. You will wish you had found this recipe sooner!
Apple Tart Bread
Adapted, barely, from The Knead for Bread
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamon
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thinly
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon orange juice
Grease an 11 inch tart pan with shortening. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cardamon and cinnamon into a small bowl. In a large bowl, combine eggs, and sugar. Using a mixer, mix on high speed for 3 minutes. The mixture will become thick, white, and satiny. Add in the slightly warm, melted butter and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add in the sliced apples and stir until the apples are well coated.
Add in the sifted dry ingredients. Mix until the flour is well incorporated. Pour into the prepared tart pan and smooth out top. Bake in oven for 50-55 minutes until tester comes out clean and top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Once bread is completely cooled, make icing by combining confectioner’s sugar and orange juice and mix together. Drizzle icing on top of bread. Slice and serve.