The batter is ready for baking (hey, what's that small piece of brown parchment paper in the upper left corner doing there?)
Moist and tender banana bread with small chunks of caramelized apple, with just the right amount of warm spices. Check out Joy's always-fun-to-read blog for the recipe (click here to go straight to it).
That piece of parchment was supposed to go inside these pans. Doh! (did I go through this all this trouble just so I can eat the bread straight out of the pan?)
Although I'm very pressed for time, after having turned in 14 baked items at the State Fair this morning and only sleeping 6.5 hours on Saturday, I just couldn't sit this week's SMS challenge out and disappoint Joy. She raved about this bread so I had to make it. Thanks for picking such a great recipe, Joy!! It's definitely a keeper.
- Hubby hasn't tried it yet so will try to update this post in the next couple days with his input. I liked the bread a lot. My only critique would be that it's a tad too sweet for me. I'm thinking it's from the sugar in the bread + the sugar added to the apples. Next time, I'll cut the sugar a bit.
- I cut the recipe in half (which was easy to do) and baked the batter in two mini-loaf pans. Baked these for about 38-40 minutes. One loaf is for taste testing and the other I wrapped in plastic wrap and foil and froze.
- My changes: doubled the amount of cinnamon, used half white sugar and half brown sugar to better match the caramel flavor in the apples, and used 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice.
- Used Joy's tip on cubing half the apple amount and grating the other half. That was an excellent tip. I highly recommend it.
- Don't forget to check out the other SMS bakers.