I’m sure that you are familiar with the saying ‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away‘. That is probably because aside from being full of vitamins, apples are also good for our digestion; regulating blood sugar levels; and also help to lower cholesterol levels.
In winter, apples, pears and oranges abound, so if they are your favourites, then you’re probably a happy soul.
The humble apple is such a versatile fruit. It can be used in muffins; cakes; bread; smoothies; added to meat dishes; stewed; boiled; pureed; canned; juiced; or just eaten fresh and ripe, as it is! There are also apparently about 7000 different varieties of apples available. All packed with loads of vitamins and juicy, sweet, or perhaps a little tart.
How do you like your apples? Have your say in the poll at the bottom.
Today’s recipe uses the natural sweetness of apples, and combines that with one of my faves, healthy black rice flour, to produce a sweetbread that is both nutritious and very tasty!
I think that it will be perfect for Justine’s tea party. Tea Time #5
naturally sweet APPLE SWEETBREAD (gluten free, egg free, sugar free, dairy free, oat free, soy free)
Servings: 1 loaf
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 – 60 minutes
oven temperature: 180C/355F
- 370g (2 cups) of gluten free flour (blend *)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder (essence is fine)
- 2 Tablespoons of sunflower oil (or other plain tasting oil)
- (350g unpeeled) 1 whole apple (your choice), grated. Reserve a few slices for the top
- 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped (you could replace with another nut, or omit)
- 1/2 cup of non dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 flax egg (or egg replacer)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon for sprinkling on top
* I used black rice flour, corn starch and buckwheat flour
- Preheat an oven to 180C/355F
- In a jug, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of non-dairy milk and let stand
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, place the flours, baking powder, salt and vanilla powder (if using vanilla essence, add it at the same time as the milk)
- Add one tablespoon of sunflower oil, and mix
- Peel and grate 3/4 of the apple into the bowl. Reserve a few slices for the top
- Mix in the chopped walnuts (reserve a couple for the top)
- Pour the curdled milk into the bowl and combine well
- Lastly, fold in the flax egg or egg replacer
- Spoon into a loaf tin and top with sliced apple, walnuts and cinnamon. You could also add a sprinkling of dark brown sugar, if you prefer it sweeter
- Place in the centre of a preheated oven
- Bake at 180C/355F for 50 – 60 minutes
- Remove from oven, and let rest in the loaf tin for 5-10 minutes
- Turn onto a wire rack and cool
- Serve with honey, jam, cheese or eat it plain, with a lekker cup of Rooibos tea
If using tart apples, like Granny Smith, then you will probably need to add some sweetener to the ingredients, such as honey or sugar.
Disclaimer: The health information listed is from my own research. I am not a medical doctor.