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Around this time of year I tend to have a few extra apples / apple butter lying around, the products of slightly-over-enthusiastic orchard trips. Not that I mind at all — I really enjoy baking with apple butter (in addition to spreading it on toast). Like applesauce, apple butter adds moisture and flavor to baked goods. I actually think the flavor you get with apple butter is better than applesauce, because the fruit is much more concentrated!
This time around I wanted to use apple butter to make a hearty breakfast quick bread, full of spice and whole grains. Enter this Apple and Ginger Loaf! I’ve been crushing on ginger lately, so it’s a major player here. I ground some fresh ginger up with the sugar to see what would happen, and I love the fragrance and spice it adds (and that grinding it with the sugar avoids those gingery strings)! If ginger isn’t your thing feel free to cut back or substitute with your favorite fall spice (I think cardamom would be lovely here). Conversely if you’re really into ginger, you could go wild and toss in a handful of chopped candied ginger, or sprinkle some on top.
Apple and Ginger Loaf
Makes one loaf, about 16 servings
- 60g dark brown sugar
- 60g granulated sugar
- 50g fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 30g molasses
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 99g neutral vegetable oil (I prefer grapeseed)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 170g apple butter
- 177g white whole wheat flour or sifted whole wheat flour
- 50g rolled oats (not instant)
- 57g chopped, toasted pecans (optional)
For the topping:
- 1 Tbsp rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp coarse sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease and line a loaf or Pullman pan with a parchment paper sling.
- Place the sugars and ginger in a food processor. Pulse until ginger is completely broken down. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
- To the sugar-ginger mixture, add the eggs, molasses, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Mix on low to combine, then turn up the speed to medium and whip until the mixture is thick and expanded, about 5 minutes.
- Turn the speed down to low and slowly stream in the oil and vanilla. Mix until homogeneous. Add the apple butter and whisk on low until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the flour and oats. Mix on low just until combined. Add the nuts if using and use a silicone spatula to mix just until the batter is smooth and combined. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure the batter is evenly mixed.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the rolled oats and coarse sugar evenly over the top.
- Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Using the parchment sling, lift the loaf out of the pan to finish cooling completely on the rack.
- Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving: 7