Well hello lovely. Happy Sunday! Are you having a mimosa sans orange juice, like yours truly usually does? Awesome. Is it too soon for another apple cinnamon recipe? NEVER. As I mentioned in the last post, I made and photographed the recipe a few weeks earlier, however I just didn’t feel the timing was right for the recipe. When I finally did post it, all the warm apple cinnamon talks put me in the mood to bake. More specifically bake MORE apple cinnamon-y stuff. The mood to bake doesn’t come over me often, so I went with it!
You know the great thing about this recipe? This bread is actually VERY healthy. Ok yes, it has sugar. And some butter. But it is also FULL of apples and carrots. There are so many fruits and vegetables in this thing, it’s practically a salad. If you top your salads with cinnamon sugar and maple glaze. Which you
should should not! Ok, it’s healthy for a sweet bread.
Normally I don’t bake. I find it tedious. ALL the measuring. It’s too much. In fact, and I’ll tell you a secret, one of the things I struggle most with blogging, is remembering to measure everything so I can write a recipe to share with you guys. You could ask my best fried Leigh, she will call me randomly for recipes. And the conversation usually goes something like this.
Leigh: Hey, I have a party I’m going to and I need a recipe, what should I make?
Me: Oh I have this great Puff Pastry with White Cheddar, Prosciutto, Caramelized Apples and Sage Salt
Leigh: Sounds great, how do I make them?
Me: Well first you need to cut the puff pastry, then you saute the apples, the you put everything together.
Leigh: Ummm, ok? So how do I cut the puff pastry? What do I saute the apples with? Is there a certain order to put everything together? What is sage salt? How long do I bake the pastry for?
Me: Into triangles. butter and honey. Yes, cheese, prosciutto, apples, salt. Sage mixed with salt. Until it’s golden brown.
Leigh: I’m confused.
Ok, where was I going with this? Oh right, recipes. With regular cooking, you just sort of put ingredients together, taste as you go, and stop when it looks and tastes good. Easy. But baking. Baking is a science. And hello, party planner, NOT a scientist. When I look at a recipe to bake it usually has like 18 different ingredients, 6 different mixing bowls, 5 different measuring spoons/cups and 42 different steps. I usually get so tired reading the recipe, I’m like
SO! I have a point! If you, are like me. And see really complicated baking recipes and run run run, well today is your day. Because trust me, if I baked it, it’s easy! Because once again, boxed cake mix! Have you noticed I enjoy using boxed cake mix? (P.S. If you want more recipes with a very specific ingredient, like boxed cake mix, you can check out the Foodie’s Diet Pantry!) This recipe comes together with 10 mostly basic ingredients. You probably have them all in your pantry except perhaps the apple sauce and maple extract. And the steps? So easy and quick.
Ok ready for the steps?
- Gather ingredients
- Shred apples and carrots
- Mix together bread ingredients (shredded apples and carrots, cake mix, apple sauce)
- Top with cinnamon sugar
- Bake (I spared you a picture of my oven)
- Top with maple glaze
- Eat and be happy
Resist sharing your creation with the dog, no matter how cute she begs
See how easy that was? I think the hardest part was resisting giving Lola some, which I did! And waiting for the recipe to bake. Who’s impatient. Not me. Never.
- 1 box cake mix
- 2 apples
- 2 carrots
- ¾ cup apple sauce
- -- Topping--
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbls butter
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp maple extract
- pinch of salt
- core the apple and peel your carrots
- shred apples and carrots
- stir together boxed cake mix and apple sauce
- add shredded apples and carrots
- add to loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray
- in a bowl combine sugar and cinnamon
- top unbaked bread mix
- put loaf pan in oven, bake for 45-50 minutes
- in another bowl melt butter- microwave for 15 seconds or so
- add powdered sugar, maple extract and salt and stir
- add water if needed to get the consistency you like. I like mine a bit thicker, like a watered down frosting. Then I add it to the bread right when it comes out of the oven.
Do you need more apple cinnamon recipes, or is time to move on to pumpkin? Yay for fall!
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