Just the other day I asked myself, "New neighbors, tired friend, little time ... what to bake?"
Yes! This is such a quick recipe and easy to make, but so satisfying and nice to give. We love it as a side with supper or beside a cooked breakfast. Serve it with a little honey butter (1/4 c. butter softened with about 1 T. honey mixed in) or smear some soft cream cheese in between two pieces, and you've kicked it up a notch to something you'd have at a tearoom. I doubled my batch to make extra. It freezes great or splits into mini loaves or muffins really well.
Applesauce Tea Bread
Bake one loaf at 350 degrees for an hour, or split into muffin tins and bake about 25 min.
- 2 c. flour
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. nutmeg
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
Mix well and pour into a loaf pan (or muffin pan) you have sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake until the center doesn't "jiggle," but springs back when you lightly (that means don't push your thumb in) touch the center. I also like to stick a toothpick in to see if any unbaked batter sticks to it ... if it does, pop it in for another 5 minutes and try again. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool off of the hot surface for about 15 min, give or take time having a cup of coffee, and then carefully remove. I do this by slipping a knife around the edges first, then inverting onto a plate. Then, unless it's going to a friend, I don't wait any longer. I cut myself a slice, tell the dog "Absolutely not!" and sit down to enjoy a piece. ;) And as I do, it usually gives me a little "peace" at the same time.
I hope you'll enjoy and that this warm loaf will speak love to your friends and family and neighbors ... but not your dog. ;)
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