Apple & Cinnamon Loaf #recipe

Apple & Cinnamon Loaf #recipe

Apple & Cinnamon Loaf #recipe

I hate when fruit goes bad.  When the kids don’t eat them or you buy too many of them, and they get over ripe and very soon after that, they go bad.  Apples do that a lot in my house.  I know, I’m ashamed (no judgement please).  I buy a lot of apples because its one of the few fruits that BOTH my kids like and eat!  And so do the adults.  I give them fruit everyday and apples are the type of fruit that cuts up nicely for packed school lunches.  I like to add raisins in with the apples sometimes to mix it up a bit as a healthy snack for the kids.  Nuts and other dried fruit would be nice as well.  Apples are so versatile.  I put them in my salads too!

After Christmas, I found myself left with several small apples that looked like they needed some lovin’  I knew they were going to go bad shortly and I also new with all of the chocolate, sweets and Christmas treats still in the house, the kids weren’t going to go for them.  I decided that they needed an “apple intervention” so I searched the cupboards to see what I could come up with.

An Apple & Cinnamon loaf was the perfect solution to my gloomy apple dilemma.  Perfect Sunday cake with coffee because its not too sweet…or maybe sweet is a good thing.  However you like it, this recipe is quick and easy and will fill your kitchen with the sweet smell of baked apple goodness.  Just what you want for a beautiful Sunday morning.

I always have cinnamon in the house, its just one of those spices that turns anything into a treat.  Cinnamon reminds me of fall and winter and if your doing anything with apples, you must add cinnamon.

TIP: Cinnamon is AWESOME in coffee!  Just add a teaspoon to the coffee grounds before percolating, and wait for the aroma to fill the air…HEAVEN! This isn’t your traditional coffee cake….but its a close cousin.

I had a boxed white cake mix in the cupboard (yes, a store bought cake mix and so what, right!?  I’m not Martha Stewart OK.  I’m a mom with two kids trying to do it all, and sometimes you just need a boxed cake to whip up.  Can I get an AMEN for busy mamas?) that I bought so that kids could make cupcakes over Christmas vacation which they like to do because they like to add the icing and decorate their own cupcakes with sprinkles.

Boxed cake mixes are a little time saving hack that I always use to whip up something sweet.  You can always doctor up cake mixes, like I did with this recipe, and it comes out tasting homemade!  No one will know its a boxed cake, I swear to you.  And if you want to, you can take all the credit for a homemade cake without spilling the beans or telling your secret.  I won’t tell if you won’t!

Here’s what your need:

  • 6 small apples or 4 med apples (red or green, what ever type you have on hand is perfect)
  • cinnamon stick
  • light brown sugar (if you have another type of sugar, go for it)
  • 1/2 a lemon (optional)
  • water
  • 1 boxed cake mix (white or vanilla) Ingredients to make per instructions -oil ,eggs, water etc
  • vanilla extract

Directions:

Peel and chop apples into bit sizes pieces.  In a medium sauce pan add the peeled & chopped apples, 1 stick of cinnamon (if you don’t have the stick, use about 1/2- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon).  Add 1/2 cup of water, 2 heaping tablespoons of light brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, squeeze of 1/2 a lemon.  The lemon will give it a fresh and bright taste, but if you don’t like lemon, don’t use it.

Turn the sauce pan on med to high heat with a lid on and let it come to a boil.  Take the lid off and lower heat to simmer until mixture is like a compote (broken down and cooked to a soft texture)  You don’t want it to be mush, so just keep an eye on it.  You need it to be soft and cooked through so that the flavors really start to work together.

In the meantime, make the box cake mix per the directions on the box.  Once the apple mixture is done, gently mix or fold it into the cake mix.  Spray some non-stick oil in the loaf pan and bake on 350 degrees until golden and cooked through.  About 25-35 mins.

Delicious apple & cinnamon loaf -perfect with your cinnamon infused coffee.  Sounds like a yummy Sunday morning #recipe

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On it’s own it’s pretty amazing but if you want to jazz it up a bit, maybe for a tea party or house warming gift, or for any reason at all, add icing and unsweetened coconut to the top 🙂

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The apples make this loaf cake super moist, so you need to eat it with a fork or it will crumble and fall out of your fingers.  Let me know what apple recipes you make?  Post your comments below and let me know if you decide to try this one 🙂

Love & Hugs,

Bianca

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