Amazing Apple Bread

Still working through my left over apples from OOTO BioDiversiTree today I experimented with a healthy, sweet bread.  I didn’t have much flour in the cupboard so had to mix whole wheat and gram. With the added quinoa and oats, nuts and seeds, you have a high protein, sweet bread. Good comfort food. This is how I made it.

  • Thinly slice half a dozen or so apples of assorted sizes.
  • Cook in a little water till mushy.
  • Meanwhile, simmer – uncovered, over low heat – 1/2 a cup of quinoa and an inch of diced, fresh ginger in a cup of water
  • Soak 1/2 a cup of oats in a cup of boiled water.
  • When the apples and quinoa are cooked, mix together in one pot and add the softened oatmeal.
  • Mix all together, cover and set to simmer over very low heat, stirring periodically to prevent sticking/burning.
  • Meanwhile, sift together 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup Gram (chick pea)  flour with 1 1/2 tsp quick yeast and 2 T Demerara sugar.
  • When the oat/quinoa/apple mixture is cooked to mush add about a cup of it to the flour/yeast/sugar and mix all together.  It will be very moist and sticky.
  • Mix in 1 T olive oil.
  • Cover and set it in a warm place for about 20 minutes (I put it in the oven, preheated to the lowest temp – about 80C).
  • Meanwhile thoroughly grease with margarine a smallish, shallow pan (I used 7 inch Pyrex pie plate).
  • Place six, whole star anise in a nice pattern in the bottom of the pan.
  • Thinly slice an apple and lay the slices in the pan.
  • Sprinkle with Demerara sugar mixed with a little garam masala spice (how much is up to you! I used about 2T sugar and a pinch of garam masala).
  • Sprinkle that with pumpkin seeds, golden linseed and your favorite chopped nuts then drizzle a T of honey over it.
  • By now your dough should be rested.  Take it out of the oven and grease your hands with a generous amount of margarine. Knead the mixture a little with your greasy hands – it will still be very sticky which is why you need very greasy hands.
  • Place the dough on top of the apple/sugar/seed/nut mixture and spread it out so it fills the pan.
  • Grease the top of it with a generous amount of margarine – 1-2 Tablespoons.
  • Sprinkle with a little Demerara sugar, cover and set to rise for about an hour.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 170C for 45 minutes.
  • When its cooked, slide a knife round the edge and invert on a plate.
  • Serve warm with butter.
  • Yum yum yum!

This makes a heavy, moist bread.  I put the left over oats/quinoa/apple sauce in the fridge and will heat it up for my breakfast tomorrow.

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  1. OMG, this sound so yummy. You should be on t.v. with your own show. I’m so serious! It would be such fun to watch you cook. You should video tape yourself and put it on through you tube. I’ve thought of doing that, but I have no video camera…

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