If you're never been to the Ovenly bakery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, put it on your culinary bucket list and prepare for pastry nirvana. The award-winning duo of Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga are unbeatable at the baking game, so we picked up a copy of their brand-new cookbook, very simply titled Ovenly. Make this sweet and slightly salty apple bread while the apples pickings are good!
After making our Thanksgiving pies last year, we found ourselves overwhelmed with tons of extra apples, so we decided to cut them into chunks and freeze them for other recipes, like this one. The salted breadcrumb topping adds a bit of savory to this lightly sweetened batter.
- unsalted butter and flour, for preparing the pan
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (the darker the better, we use Grade B)
- 1/4 cup hazelnut oil (or substitute 1/4 cup canola oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups (7 ounces) apples, peeled, cored and cubed into (1/2-inch) pieces
Salted Breadcrumb Topping
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, homemade or store-bought
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the breadcrumb topping:
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
Add the breadcrumbs and salt, and stir continuously until the breadcrumbs are golden and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes.
For the bread:
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with softened butter and dust the pan with flour.
- In a small saucepan over low heat (or in a small, microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven), melt the butter and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the whole milk, sugar, eggs, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract and melted butter until well blended.
- n a separate large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, oats, whole-wheat pastry flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg.
- Using a spatula or a wooden spoon, add the flour-oat mixture to the milk mixture until almost combined.
- Fold in the apples until the ingredients are just wet, and the fruit is distributed throughout the batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with the salted breadcrumb topping.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
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