Sunday, March 27, 2011

Whole Wheat Apple Spice Bread & A Grand Opening

First and foremost, I would like to announce the grand opening of my Etsy Shop (called Bicycle Built for Two)! I have been working on headbands for about two weeks now and am so excited to finally be able to share them all with you. If you would like to purchase a headband, or even design a custom one, visit my shop and I will work with you to make the perfect headband for you or a little girl in your life! Here are some of my most recent creations for sale now:


Now it's time for a recipe! I absolutely love the apple spice cake mix at Trader Joe's. Since spring/summer is quickly approaching and anything spiced will unfortunately disappear from the grocery store shelves, I figured it was time to try and re-create a recipe similar. I adapted the recipe from Smitten Kitchen, a wonderful blog. This is what I came up with...

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 chopped cooking apples (I used Granny Smith)
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bread pan, muffin pan or a mini loaf pan as I did!

-Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, nutmeg and set aside.

-In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt, butter and sugars together. Once they are beaten together well, mix in the egg.

-Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix for about 2 minutes (do not over mix). Add in the small pieces of chopped apples and stir again with a large spoon.

-Pour into greased pan and bake for 15-17 minutes for muffins and mini-loafs or 30-40 minutes for a large loaf of bread.

They turned out great-surprisingly very similar to the Trader Joe's version. However I must admit that I still love how easy it is to simply buy a mix and add an egg or two then bake! At least now I will always have this recipe when I am craving apple spiced bread in the middle of the summer (I'm sure it will happen one day).


So Domesticated said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum, apple spice bread... and congrats on opening up your own Etsy Shop! Adorable headbands!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Your so adorable, I come to your blog everyday just for a smile.... Congrats on your shop!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your etsy shop, those headbands are adorable!! I love your site - found you through Haley at Girly Girl Cooks. Fabulous stuff and those muffin loaves look scrumptious! You have a new follower in me!
All the best Cait ~Megan @Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

Dishes of Mrs. Fish said... Best Blogger Tips

Your headbands look amazing!
I love this spiced bread, the mini loaves are so adorable!

Cait @ A Bicycle Built for Two said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you everyone! Sold my first headband last night :) If you know anyone that would be interested...feel free to pass my shop along!

Peggy said... Best Blogger Tips

Those headbands are too cute! Congrats on your Etsy shop!

This apple spice bread sounds magnificent, as well! =)

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your headbands!!!!!! And that Apple Spice bread looks amazing.

Natalie Gill said... Best Blogger Tips

You guys are so amazing, you seem so happy and down to earth. I love your blog so much. Anyway! I was just reading your bucket list and one of the items said have a winter picnic, and I'm sure you've seen this post but just in case... this is my dream winter picnic:

Amy @ A Little Nosh said... Best Blogger Tips

I can practically smell that apple spice bread. Yum! I emailed myself the recipe so I can make sure to keep it on hand.

Kathy said... Best Blogger Tips

How many mini loaves will this yield?

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Just made these as muffins, baking 22-25 minutes at 350 degrees to a golden brown. I haven't tried the Trader Joe's mix but in following your recipe verbatim I found these to be a bit doughy tasting- so characteristic of whole wheat flour. I prefer the taste of non-white and/or non-wheat flours in commercial baked goods (except crusty bread of course!) but at home I just can't seem to replicate the flavors without the doughiness. Any suggestions? Cute headbands, by the way!

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