Saturday, January 28, 2012

Make Ahead Apple Bread Recipe


Make ahead apple bread mix also works wonderfully for your own pantry. We are all busy cooks, but that doesn't mean you can have oven fresh bread in a flash. 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup broken walnuts

Step 1: Preparing the Make Ahead Mix

In a large sealable bag, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Shake the dry ingredients well inside the bag to mix them. Label this bag, "dry ingredients."
In a separate sealable bag, place the sugar. Label this bag, "sugar."


Step 2: Adding the Instructions for the Apple Bread

apple bread
Attach the instructions for making the apple bread recipe:
In large mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, the sugar with the mix, and the apples (coarsely chopped). Stir together well. Add the premade mix. Pour batter into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the bread should come out clean when the bread is done. Allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes on wire rack before attempting to remove it from the pan.
This step is important wether you are giving the mix as a gift, or keeping it for yourself. Be sure to attach the instructions!


Ideas for Decorating the Make Ahead Apple Bread Mix

Place the apple mix in a paper bag decorated with an apple stamp, attach a wooden spoon with raffia ribbon. Write the words, "Make Ahead Apple Bread Mix," on the outside of the bag in your best handwriting. Cut an apple out of cardstock to attach as a tag with the instructions for making the apple bread, or order the apple tags in the photo from Add a few apples to the bag and apple cut outgive them away to your friends and family. This make ahead mix can also be given as a "jar gift" as many premade cookie mixes are packaged for holiday gift giving. When giving this gift to a young couple, or as a housewarming gift, a new loaf pan can be added.

Nothing says falls like the aroma of apples and cinnamon. This premade mix can be mixed up and decorated as a gift, or used to stock your own pantry. It is quick and easy to pop in the oven anytime you have unexpected visitors. It has a shelf life of approximately 1 year. Applesauce can easily be used as a substitute for the oil in this recipe to make it heart healthy and add to the apple flavor of the finished bread.

Image Credits: Apple Bread curtousy of Wikimedia - Apple Bread


If you like this, see: More Make-Ahead Bread Recipes!

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