Delicious Apple and Honey Quickbread.

Quick bread is basically any baked product like muffins or scones or banana bread, that does not require yeast as a rising agent. Instead, one uses baking powder and/ or baking soda for that effect. They also include two sets of ingredients; the dry and the wet, bake much faster than the normal bread and easier to prepare as there is no kneading. I like how uncomplicated and versatile they are. From sweet to savoury muffins or pancakes to a delicious sweet potato loaf or pumpkin loaf, you can do so much.

I sometimes using self raising flour for my quick bread recipes as they already have the rising agent so I do not need to add any baking powder or baking soda. Self raising flour is one of my pantry essentials (posted here), it is good to have some handy. I have two preferred brands that are available in Kampala, one Kenyan and the other South African, they both work pretty well.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients are 3 cups of self raising flour, 2 cups of honey, 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, a small pinch of salt, ad chia seeds, 1 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla essence, 3 eggs (room temperature) and 4 apples. (cleaned, peeled and cubed). I used Honeycrisp apples.
Prepare your baking tin and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 180°C.

Sift your flour and the ground spices, mix well with the chia seeds in one bowl.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix gently but not too much, before folding in the chopped apples.

Bake the mixture in the middle rack for an hour to 75 minutes. Check at the 60 minute mark with a skewer as ovens do vary.

The kitchen smells heavenly as it bakes- the apples, spices and vanilla fill the air and makes you look forward to the final product.

The cake is moist and will darken because of the honey. Mine also got a little hole after I used a brand knife to check if ready.

Once out of the oven, let it sit for ten minutes before turning it out carefully onto a rack so it can cool.

This Apple and honey quick bread is tasty on its own, or as a nice accompaniment to your morning coffee or evening dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Yum!

For other quick bread recipes, you can check out my sweet potato bread recipe here. https://mykampalanotebook.wordpress.com/2020/07/22/easy-sweet-potato-bread/

And my honey banana bread here. https://mykampalanotebook.wordpress.com/2020/11/20/banana-bread-with-a-twist/

Definitely worth a try isn’t it?

Lockdown Baking: Choco Orange Loaf

Now that the lockdowns necessitated by the Coronavirus do not seem to be ending soon, we might as well continue baking right?

This was originally a muffin recipe I used to make for the kids’ snack boxes, that I have tried a couple of times as a loaf and added some more orange juice and zest to test the flavour. It is moist, delicious and great for a tea time snack or as dessert.

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. I cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  3. 6 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 5 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 egg, beaten well
  11. orange zest of one orange
  12. 1/4 cup natural yoghurt

The method is pretty simple. Preheat your oven to about 160 degrees Celsius, Mix wet and dry ingredients separately then combine gently, add to your greased loaf pan and bake for about an hour until a skewer comes out clean.

You can serve this as you wish…

A scoop of ice cream never fails to go down well. I mean, what’s not to love about cake and ice cream served together?
Or better yet, more ice-cream and Nutella sauce. Yum!
For a ‘healthier’ version, serve it with roasted grapes and a yoghurt dessert sauce.

Try it, let’s indulge together!