Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Apple Bread

Now that winter seems to be well and truly on it's way (barring today of course - it was practically summer again!), it's time to start thinking about some more hearty types of food that warm the soul and provide comfort and nourishment. It is no surprise that in winter we crave those hearty casseroles, soups, hot breakfasts, and comforting hot drinks. When the outside temperatures start to plummet, our bodies instinctively want that internal comfort that these more warming meals provide. the opposite is true in summer when our bodies naturally tend toward salads, smoothies, and light, fresh meals that cool the body.

A great way to start your day or a little something to have for a snack, this apple bread is made from just a few basic ingredients, takes no time at all to prepare, and can be either a savoury or sweet option. I gave it to the kids in their lunch boxes, and I have just had a great idea for breakfast...lightly toast a thick slice then top with a few chunks of avocado, a couple of slices of tomato and a crack of pepper and salt. YUM! You could even up the protein quota and add little salmon or bacon to the meal. Oh my goodness, almost can't wait to go to bed so that I can wake up and eat breakfast!

Apple Bread

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar

1 cup apple puree (you can either make your own using up the old apples in the fruit bowl that we all have lurking, or you can use store bought...I find the Watties baby food good as it has no additives)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup psyllium husk (you can get this from your local whole food store or health store, but if it's too hard to find just leave it out and you can either add a couple of tablespoons more coconut flour, or substitute it with something like almond flour, flaxseed meal, or chia seeds)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 170C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
2. In a medium sized bowl, add all dry ingredients (psyllium, coconut flour, desiccated coconut, baking soda, salt, cinnamon) and mix until well combined. 
3. In another bowl, add the wet ingredients (apple puree, eggs, vinegar, vanilla) and whisk until well combined. 
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until combined. The mixture will be quite thick, and will continue to thicken as the coconut flour absorbs the liquid. This is how it should be.
5. Scrape the mixture into the loaf tin, and smooth the top. If you want to get a little fancy you can mark a few cuts across the top just to make it look pretty.
6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown and the bread is firm to the touch.