dinsdag 17 november 2009

Applesauce tea loaf


What better for holiday tea times -- or any time -- than a fruity tea bread? Please note that if you use cranberries, you should look for the unsweetened kind. The ones you find in the supermarket are generally presweetened, so if you use them be sure to reduce the amount of added sweetener by up to a Tablespoon. A malty Assam or a black blended tea would complement this teatime treat.

2 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup sunflower or other light oil
1 cup Sucanat® or alternate granulated sweetener of your choice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups unbleached or whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup seedless raisins, dried currants, or dried cranberries
Additional applesauce, optional

Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Prepare a loaf pan by lightly oiling and flouring. In large mixing bowl, stir together the applesauce, oil, sweetener, and vanilla. In a separate bowl or on a sheet of wax paper mix together the dry ingredients: flour, soda, and spices. Blend these into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon, beating vigourously until smooth. Mix in the dried fruit, blending well to distribute evenly. Pour the batter into the loaf pan, smoothing the top with the spoon. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave the loaf in the pan to cool to room temperature before slicing. Serve topped with a spoonful or two of applesauce, if desired.

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