Must make Apple Harvest Bread with Cider Glaze is perfect for fall and a great way to use up all those apples. Great for breakfast or as a midday snack.
It is apple picking time here in SW Ohio. We have a great u-pick farm about 25 miles north of Cincinnati called Irons Fruit Farm. This is a great local farm that offers u-pick throughout the summer and fall with all types of produce. The busiest time of year is in the fall. They have a great orchard featuring Jonathan, Macintosh, and Red delicious apples.
This was a good year for apples in our area. The u-pick is great, but Irons has a wonderful pumpkin patch for the kids that runs from late September through the end of October. We have been taking our kids to this pumpkin patch since they were babies. You take a hay ride out to the patch, pick out your pumpkin, and sometimes you get lost in their corn maze.
When you get back to the farm you are entertained with local music, crafts, a petting zoo, and the best part is the food they bake on site. They have the best apple fritters and mini donuts to enjoy with complimentary cups of apple cider which is also made on site. We usually buy a 1/2 gallon of cider and some doughnuts and sit around awhile to enjoy the fall day.
I enjoy supporting these local farms as I think everyone should. Most of these small farmers make their income, for their year, during the fall when they provide suburbanite’s the chance to make memories picking out a pumpkin or picking apples from the tree.
We also support our local farmers in the summer buying produce and at Christmas, we hit the local tree farm, Big Tree Plantation, also in Lebanon, Ohio, which we have done every year since we started a family.
Back to the 1/2 bushel of apples we picked two weeks ago after our youngest had a soccer game near Irons Fruit Farm. It wasn’t crowded and the apple trees were full. It is nice that our youngest daughter still enjoys being around us and doing these little things. She is 11.
The other kids are 13 and 16 and who knows when they might like us again. I am not sure why we bought a 1/2 bushel of apples. That is a lot of apples, and I mean a lot.
So by last weekend, these bags of apples had been sitting on our kitchen counter-top for a week. I declared Saturday apple day. My youngest, along with our cat, helped me with the peeling and coring. Luckily we have a Pampered Chef peeler corer. This is a very cool gadget to own especially if you have a ton of apples.
I had big plans for all my apples. I definitely have plenty of blog material, if I can get it written up. So here is what I made: Obviously, I made these Apple Harvest Bread with Cider Glaze. Then I created a caramel apple bars using a cake mix and Nestle La Lechera caramel sweetened condensed milk. Yum! I also made crock pot apple butter and still to be made is canned apple pie filling to give as gifts and to use this winter. It was a full day of apples.
So back to this recipe for Apple Harvest Bread with Cider Glaze. I bought a mini loaf pan at Kroger’s the other day. I needed a new 12 cup regular size muffin tin and lucky me, Kroger’s had BOGO on Wilton baking items. So I picked up my muffin tin and this mini loaf pan.
I searched to find an apple bread recipe that looked good to me. I found an interesting recipe for steamed harvest bread at King Arthur Flour recipe page. I really couldn’t steam my mini loafs in my new pan so I decided to use the great feature on King Arthur Flour website to chat with a baker.
How awesome is it that I can get live help with a baker through their web chat system. He had some great ideas that got me headed in my own direction. I used the Steamed Harvest Bread recipe as my base and modified it quite a bit. The King Arthur Flour recipe is a great base to use with all sorts of fruits and veggies to make tasty bread.
This recipe is super easy and the loaves of bread are wonderful for breakfast. I used both pureed apple and apple chunks. I also added some chopped dates. I made 4 of my loaves with a streusel topping and the other is topped with a simple apple cider glaze.
Mix your ingredients, fill loaf pan and bake.
- 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup cooked mashed apple or natural applesauce
- 1 1/2 cups or more chopped apple
- 1/2 cup chopped dates optional
- 1/8 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 cup vanilla frosting
- 2 tbsp apple cider or apple juice
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Mix together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices.
- In another bowl, beat together the buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, sugar, mashed apple, chopped apple and chopped dates.
- Blend this mixture into the dry ingredients.
- Pour into lightly greased mini loaf pan.
- Top with streusel.(optional)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before topping with Apple Cider Glaze
- Mix butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and oats in a bowl until crumbly. Set aside.
- Melt frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds,
- Whisk in apple cider and allow to cool.
- Pour over loaves.
Batter will make 1 loaf of bread or 8 mini loaves
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