Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mom's Banana Apple Bread

Apples in banana bread? I wasn't convinced this combo was a must try when I saw this week's Sweet Melissa Sunday's pick. I had decided to leave the apples out, but at the last minute decided to give it a go. Good call! The apples came to the forefront of the flavor and added a nice texture and unexpected twist to everyday banana bread.
I used Gala apples instead of Granny Smith because that is what I had on hand. The other changes I made were cardamom (yum) in place of ground cloves and a teaspoon of orange zest. The spices added a subtle warmth to the flavor and the orange a hint of sweetness.
You can check out the recipe at Hot Oven, Warm Heart. Thanks, Joy!
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  1. Your bread looks gorgeous. Glad you decided on adding the apples! That's what makes this recipe for me. Nice touch with the cardamon -- something i've never tried.

  2. The orange zest sounds nice. It might have boosted the orange scent in the bread since we did add orange juice...

    Looks amazing!


  3. I'm glad you decided to throw the apples in at the last minute - I really think they took this recipe over the top :) Your bread looks delicious!

  4. Hi Candace!

    Thank you so much for baking along with me this week! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, even though you weren't sure about it at first! I know the addition of the apples is a bit unusual, but I think that's what makes this bread so special. I love your idea for the cardamom and orange zest- I'm sure they really brightened the flavor. Your bread looks absolutely delicious- great job!

    I hope you’re doing well- have a great start to your week! Hope to hear from you soon!


  5. I love the plate your bread is on. Beautiful! I'll have to try cardamom next time!

  6. Great idea using the zest of the orange, really the juice didn't do anything for me, couldn't taste the orange at all. Your bread looks great!

  7. Glad you decided to use the apples, they really blew this recipe out of the water!

    Katie xox


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