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Apple Nut Bread

 Apple Nut Bread fresh from the oven 

I wanted to share a recipe I made for the first time that turned out really yummy! The original recipe was for carrot nut bread but as I so often do, I changed it up to work with ingredients I had to use up. Very slight, simple changes to just a couple things. I call it Apple Nut Bread. I will give the original recipe, and mark in parenthesis where I changed things. That way, you all could try both if you like! I’m sure the original would be really good too. 

Carrot Nut Bread: 

1 cup grated carrots ( I used = amount of my own canned apple pie filling) 

¾ cup brown sugar ( I used ½ cup of sucanat) 

1 tsp baking soda 

2 ½ tsp baking powder 

2 TBSP shortening ( I used real butter) 

1 tsp salt 

1 cup warm water or milk 

2 eggs 

1 ½ cups flour ( I used unbleached) 

1 cup whole wheat flour 

½ cup chopped nuts ( I used almonds) 

Measure flours, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar into bowl and mix. Add liquid, eggs, and melted shortening to dry ingredients. Mix well. ( I mixed by hand) Fold in chopped nuts and grated carrots. Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Let stand 5 minutes, then bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. ( It only took 50 minutes for me.) 

The original recipe comes from a cookbook I have titled Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking, A Mennonite Community Cookbook. There is a note at the bottom of the recipe that says “Delicious for school lunches”. No matter if you make the original, make the changes I did, or make your own version, give it a try. It is scrumdillyishous! 

 Sliced Apple Nut Bread 

lori dunn
3/3/2012 7:14:04 PM

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lori dunn
3/3/2012 7:13:29 PM

Cindy, SSHHHHHH, don't call it dessert! I have given up desserts for Lent. It says bread, so it's bread! Tht's my story and I'm stickin to it! (I can still have bread ) ;)


lori dunn
3/3/2012 7:10:46 PM

We have had some wind too, today is windy, but we've been getting mostly rain instead of snow. It has been a very warm winter overall and I'm not complaining! The ratio for maple syrup is about 40 gallons of sap for 1 gallon of syrup. The boiler we have is a contraption my hubby made. It works, but he has ideas to build another burner that will boil down quicker than our current one. It is time consuming as you can imagine, to go from 40 gallons to 1 gallon!


cindy murphy
3/3/2012 3:37:53 PM

Mmmmm! Sounds and looks delicious, Lori. I love dessert-type things made with apples, and let's face it - most of those "breads" containing fruits are more like desserts than breads. The same goes for zucchini bread too...especially "chocolate zucchini bread" - another Mmmmm. At least carrot cake has the guts to call it what it is. The great thing about dessert-disguised-as-bread is they're so easy to make - and pretty much about the only thing that I bake in the dessert category. I'm definitely adding "Apple Nut Bread" to the list. Thanks for another yummilicious recipe (the kids don't like when I use that word, saying I'm dating myself - but sometimes it just fits).


nebraska dave
3/3/2012 2:56:27 PM

Lori, I am so ready for Spring. The weather has been a little windy here with gusts up to 40 MPH. Compared to the rest of the country, I am not complaining about a little wind. I hope that you have been far away from the bad weather out your way. Do you have a special boiler for the maple sap? My understanding is that it takes a lot of tree sap just to make one gallon of syrup. I find the whole process fascinating. Who thought to do that the first time? I'm sure that Walmart will get the shelf stocked in a few days. I'll just have to remember not to wait until the last minute to make the next batch. I had that same thought when I found the shelf empty. I think it's great folks are turning to alternative ways to live. Have a great day.


lori dunn
3/3/2012 1:04:48 PM

Nebraska Dave, You might be able to find the washing soda at your local grocery/hardware store, or even possibly a large chain grocery store. We have Weis and Giant around here. I find both the washing soda and borax to be sold out fairly often. That leads me to believe there are quite a few people out there making their own cleaning products! I love learning how to make all these products myself. Even if it happens to be something that I will continue to purchase at the store, it's nice to know I have the ability to make it myself if I need to. Most of the time, once I make it myself, I like my own better than any store bought version. This has been saving us a lot of money. I think you were wise to empty your barrels for the winter. 300 gallons per inch is super! Will that be enough with your storage system to meet all your water needs? I guess it depends on the size of your gardens, but it sounds like you shouldn't have any shortages. We collect sap and boil maple syrup here. I think this will be the last week for that. It is warming up so quickly. The buds are pushed way out, and the sap has stopped flowing. We have been seeing flocks of wild geese flying overhead daily. Everything is pointing to an early Spring, and i'm just fine with that. I'm ready!


nebraska dave
3/3/2012 3:07:16 AM

Lori, Aw, now, you've and done it again. I'm drooling all over myself. And you went and used my favorite fruit, the apple. I'm still just a bit behind and still back on the laundry detergent. I have most of the ingredients. The local Walmart store is out of Washing soda and borax. There's a spot on the shelf but no product there. The borax I have so the only ingredient left to find is the washing soda. I will check again on Monday and see if the store has it. I have a big jug of the white vinegar for the softener. My daughter thinks I've totally lost it with the expansion of the garden, building of a basement food storage, and now this laundry soap thing. It's pretty amazing to think that all the things homesteaders are doing was normal life 80 years ago. Now, most people think it's weird. Of course my daughter has lived with me long enough to know that I am not your normal urban kind of guy. Thanks goodness for that. I did get outside and started assembling the backyard rain catch system. I stored away all the hoses and emptied all the barrels and tanks last fall. I just didn't think it would be a good thing to let the water freeze in the barrels. I have plans to double the area to catch rain water which will be half of the roof. It will give me the potential of catching 300 gallons of water for every one inch of rain. Have a great day in the kitchen.