Mmm....this was yummy! Using my tried and true banana loaf recipe as a base for this tasty treat, I swapped out a few ingredients for a a couple of others and voila...a loaf worthy of breakfasts, snacks and possibly even lunches (trust me on this one - it's what I had the other day!).
Do you enjoy making loaves? For me they are one of the easiest ways to put together a homemade baked good, and so handy when you need a dessert or quick snack right away. Usually assembled in less than fifteen minutes, then popped into the oven for just under an hour, loaves require very little attention. My boys love making loaves as well and this one we even made in just one bowl, so the mess was cleaned up in no time at all.
I've always thought it would be so fun to open a bakery that sold nothing but a variety of loaves and great coffee/tea. My oldest son would create variations of lemon loaves, my youngest son could concoct as many chocolate varieties as possible and I would look for ways to add fruits and veggies wherever I could. My husband is just happy to be the taste-tester of these goods, for he's always telling the kids "I'm a cook not a baker".
What is your favourite kind of loaf?
Apple and Dried Cranberry Loaf
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 egg white
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
1/4 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 cup peeled, cored and diced apples
1/2 cup dried cranberries
~ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
~ Whisk together the egg and egg white and set aside.
~ Add the remaining ingredients to one large mixing bowl. Add the beaten eggs and combine all of the ingredients well. Be careful not to over mix.
~ Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.