Breads & Biscuits, Fruit, Healthy

Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread

July 7, 2011
I think it’s pretty clear that I love baking with fruits!  They have a natural sweetness that adds the perfect taste to certain desserts.  Pies and crumbles are probably my favorite desserts to bake fruit with.  But just because those are my favorite it doesn’t mean I stop there – Cakes, Sorbet, Candies, Scones, Muffins – I have made all kinds of tasty treats with fruit.
Most recently I made this apple walnut flaxseed bread.  I know your probably thinking, “Apples and walnuts sound good together, but flax seed?”.  Flax seed is very nutritional and healthy for you, and you can’t taste it at all.  You just need to make sure you use ground flax seed and not whole.  Whole flax seed is larger and crunchier, and you can definitely taste it.  When its ground it will mix into anything and not add any taste, just extra nutritional value.  You can add it to bread, pancakes, cereal, cookies, really anything you wish!
Flax seed is good for you as it is high in fiber and healthy fats.  It’s great if you are able to incorporate it more into your diet.  And a great way to do this is by making and eating this bread!  This bread is both healthier for you and delicious!  I’m serious!  It is really really really good!  I could not stop eating it.  I have pretty good self-control with food and I could not keep my hands off this bread!
Along with the flax seed, apples and walnuts are incorporated into this bread.  The apples are sliced and folded in the whole batter.  They mix into the bread perfectly and become soft when baked.  And the walnuts add a great crunch to the bread.  Half of them are folded in the batter and then half are sprinkled on top.
I ate this bread both cold and warm.  It tastes great both ways!  And I didn’t even need to spread butter or jam on top – It has great flavor on its own.  Another great thing about this bread is that it is incredibly moist.  I kept the bread covered at room temperature for a couple days and then in the refrigerator and it didn’t dry out at all.
Enjoy this healthier, fruity, crunchy bread :)!

 

Apple Walnut Flax Seed Bread
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Makes: 1 loaf
 1 cup All Purpose Flour
¾ cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Pinch Ground Nutmeg
2/3 cup Buttermilk
1/3 cup (a little over 5 tbsp.) Unsalted Butter, Melted
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
2 cups Sliced Apples, about 2 Apples
1 tbsp. Flax Seeds
½ cup Walnuts, Chopped
Cinnamon, For sprinkling
Sugar, For Sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease and flour (with wheat flour) 1 9×5 loaf pan.  Set aside until needed.
In a medium bowl, combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  In another small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla.  Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour the wet ingredients in.  Fold in the sliced apples, flax seeds, and ¼ cup of the walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared ban.  Evenly spread the rest of the walnuts on top of the batter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake the bread for about 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and then remove from the pan to let cool until warm or room temperature.  Serve and enjoy 🙂.
This bread is best eating within a week of making it.  To store, place in a sealed container at room temperature (or in the refrigerator).  It can be eaten at room temperature, cold, or warm.
Recipe from Joy the Baker.

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