Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas or Boxing Day Brunch Idea

Christmas time means lots of anticipation and preparation. I am always looking for meal and snack ideas that I can prepare ahead or make two of, so one goes in the freezer. So this is the delicious bread that I made for the vendors at the Etsy MIC sale in September. A great hit, and a nice alternative to Christmassy goodies that are sometimes a bit too oooeey gooey. I wouldn't change this recipe one bit. Yummy with cheese and apples, I think this would keep kids and adults happy!!!

Apple Cheddar Quick Bread

The combination of sweet-tart apples and salty Cheddar cheese is a match made in heaven. The grated and diced apples in this moist quick bread are key to the bursting apple flavour and tender texture.

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: September 
12 to 16 slices

  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1-1/3 cups (325 mL) shredded extra-old Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) diced, cored and peeled Granny Smith apples
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) grated and peeled Granny apples
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) milk

In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir in 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese. In separate bowl, beat butter until smooth; beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in diced apple, grated apple and milk; stir into flour mixture just until combined. Spread in greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan; sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake in 375 F (190 C) oven until cheese on top is melted and golden, and cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.

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