Fresh Apple Banana Bread

August 17, 2012 | No Comments

 

Fresh Apple Banana Cake

We have a wonderful huge old Gravenstein apple tree in our front yard, that drops apples pre-harvest.  I remember the apples falling off the tree last year, and I was not sure what caused them to do that.  I was speaking to a local farmer, one Thursday during market, who informed me that Gravenstein trees grow apples in clusters and they require spot picking. If you do not thin the clusters early on, they will thin themselves. Because we have not thinned the tree this season, we have lots of juicy apples falling from our tree daily.

Gravenstein Apple

Since we have been home from our vacation, I have been picking more than ten apples off the ground every day, and trying to use as much of them as I can. Sometimes I cut them up and stir them into some fresh squeezed orange juice, to prevent browning, and then toss them in the freezer in a freezer baggie. I can picture the future of these apples, being baking into lovely cakes, crisps, tarts, bread puddings, and pies. They would also be delicious paired with potatoes and onions,  in a rustic stew, or soup, not to mention cooking them down a bit and  making a chunky or smooth apple sauce, or apple butter.  I just got a food dehydrator from a Freecycler, and maybe I will try my hand at making some apple fruit leather.

Fresh Apple Banana Cake Batter

Today, as  I was cutting up a few fallen apples for my girls to snack on, and I was thinking about baking. Even though it was going to be super hot today, the morning was very pleasant and I though it would be nice to bake my girls a healthy snack. I  grated one of the apples, I had picked up an hour before, tossed it in 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice.  I had two small bananas in my hanging basket, that were just ripe, that would be perfect in my fresh apple banana bread.

Fresh Apple Banana Cake Pan

This apple bread reminds me of a restaurant in Napa, California called ABC Bakery. They serve the most delicious, moist,  fresh apple cake I have ever eaten.  Their apple cake has chunks of apples throughout, and the spices are subtle. They also bake an apricot pistachio cake that is truly, yet unbelievably amazing.

Fresh Apple Banana Cake

When I was pregnant with Georgia, I remember craving the apricot pistachio cake, and having to go and get a slice with Marjie. As you have probably already read, Marjie loves cake, and I am sure we thoroughly enjoyed sharing the sublime cake that day. I have a feeling Georgia loved it too. Alexis Baking Company also makes fantastic hot coffee, and well as coffee cubes for their iced coffee, which is a really brilliant idea, that has sadly not caught on yet in Oregon.

Fresh Apple Banana Cake

Next time I make this bread,  I will use chunks instead of grated apple, and will let you know how it turns out. Enjoy this bread as is, or toasted with cream cheese or butter and your favorite jam.

Fresh Apple Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Quick Bread,Dessert
Author: Jillian
Ingredients
  • 1 cup grated crisp, tart apple, skin on if you know your source
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 small bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted, cooled coconut oil, plus 1 tsp more for greasing loaf pan
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup sugar(I used beet sugar)
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease loaf pan with coconut oil
  3. Mix first 2 wet ingredients in bowl, to prevent apple from turning brown
  4. Add the remaining wet ingredients to bowl, and mix well
  5. Whisk all dry ingredient in separate bowl
  6. Add dry to wet ingredients, and mix until just combined
  7. Pour thick batter into prepared loaf pan
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, or until toothpick done
  9. Let cool for 5-7 minutes in pan
  10. Use a knife to gently work bread loose
  11. Turn out onto cooling rack
  12. This bread is wonderful eaten as is, or enjoy toasted with butter and your favorite jam

 

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