13 August 2012

Twelve Loaves: Apple, Blueberry and Almond Breakfast Loaf



Bread wonderful bread, one of the world’s oldest foods and a cornerstone of so many cultures whether it be focaccia, ciabatta, panettone, pumpernickel, challah, paratha, chapati, naan, bloomer, brioche, baguette, Irish soda bread; so many wonderful breads from all around the globe. I think I love every single one of them. In fact I can’t think of any bread that I don’t like.  So I was happy to read about Twelve Loaves; a monthly baking challenge from Jamie at Life’s a Feast along with Cake Duchess and Parsley, Sage & Line Drives.

For 1000s of years people have been baking and breaking bread, and it is not hard to see why. The aroma of fresh bread baking is hard to beat.

"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight." --M.F.K. Fisher

And fresh bread with a slathering of butter would have to be one of my all time favourite eats.

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” - James Beard



I am looking forward to mastering some new bread baking skills, as fresh bread out the oven just cannot be beaten.  This first challenge was Summer fruit. Being in the midst of winter here in New Zealand I am thankful for frozen berries that can bring a welcome burst of Summer.  Today’s bread is simple and great way to start your day. Also a nice way to easy yourself in to bread baking as no yeast or rising required.  Full of oats and almonds it will fill you up, and the apples and blueberries provide a healthy, fruity hit to kick start your day

Apple, Blueberry and Almond Breakfast Loaf

Makes one loaf

Ingredients

50g / 1.75oz cup rolled oats
300ml milk
240g / 9oz  self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 apple peeled, cored and diced
125g / 4.5oz blueberries, fresh or frozen*
75g / 2.75oz  brown sugar
3 tbsp runny honey
1 egg, beaten
3 tbsp sliced almonds, plus a few extra for the topping
Pinch of salt

*if using frozen berries defrost and drain in a sieve to avoid soggy bread!
Directions

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F

Place the oats in a medium bowl and pour over the milk.  Leave them to soak for 30 minutes.  Butter, or spray with oil, and line a loaf tin with baking paper.

Sift the flour and and baking powder in to a large bowl and add the milk soaked oats, apple, blueberries, sugar, honey, egg, almonds and salt.  Gently mix everything together to combine with a large metal spoon.  



Pour the mixture in to the prepared loaf tin.  Smooth the top and sprinkle with a few sliced almonds. Place the loaf in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes.  Every oven will vary so check after 40 minutes.  When cooked the loaf will be golden on top and a skewer will come out clean.  Allow the loaf to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes and then gently turn it out on to a wire rack to cool completely or sneak a slice, just to taste test of course, and slather with butter.



This loaf is lovely and moist from the apples and blueberries. Once cooled and spread with cool butter it is perfect along side a cuppa or your morning coffee.  Full of oats and almonds it will tide you over until lunch and the fruit delivers a little for your sweet tooth too.

If you would like to join in the bread baking and the Twelve Loaves challenge check out the details here, here and here


If you like this you might like this Annabel's Busy People's Bread
One year ago Lemons
Two years ago Sunday Roast

Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!!! And I love the bread and have bookmarked this wonderful recipe. So happy you are baking with us for Twelve Loaves, especially if you bring something as good as this to the table!

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    1. Thanks Jamie.....love bread so Twelve Loaves is perfect for me!

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  2. Gorgeous bread!! I love the combination of apple, blueberry and almond! I bet this would be amazing with a cup of coffee! :)

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    1. Thank you & yes certainly good with a cuppa :)

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  3. Thank you for baking with us this month. Your Apple Blueberry Loaf is splendid and your bread quotes are fantastic:)Happy Baking! xx Lora

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    1. Thank you Lora, I think I am going to enjoy Twelve Loaves a lot :)

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  4. This bread loks SO amazing..inside out! I love the combo of apples, blueberries and almonds! Toast NZ, indeed! So glad you naked with us!

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  5. LOL..so glad you BAKED with us, I mean!!! No nudity required in this challenge!

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    1. LOL...thanks Lisa & very happy to be baking with you all :)

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  6. Oh my gosh, there is not much better than a breakfast loaf, and this one looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I love the quotes in your post - any of those are good quotes to live by! :)

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    1. Hi Shelley, thank you & yes life would not be quite so good without bread :)

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  7. Wow, this looks so good. I'm stuck at home sick today and I think this might be just what I need, specxially as it doesn't need to be left to rise. Thank goodness I have blueberries in the freezer! Great post Mairi!

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  8. Thanks Jemma...hoping you are all recovered for this weekend's NZFBA Conference :)

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  9. Hurrah, so happy to find another Twelve Loafer (though I didn't get my a into g fast enough for August). I'm all over September though...

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    1. Good reminder I need to get on to some cheesy deliciousness!

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