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Ellijay Apple Bread recipe, with Baking Powder

Ellijay Apple Bread, with Baking PowderEllijay apple bread, cake-type

This is the standard "cake-type+ or "quick" Ellijay Apple Bread. There are two main types: yeast and quick,  The yeast type uses yeast to raise the dough; the quick type uses baking powder. The consensus among my group of tasters is that the yeast variety is substantially better, but the quick types are definitely faster and easier to make, but most people do prefer the yeast types.  It's up to you to choose! If you want to make the yeast-type, the directions are on this page.

 I've eliminated the trans-fats and much of the fat I saw listed on the ingredients on the packages of Ellijay Apple breads that I tasted, so this version ought to be healthier than anything you can buy, but taste the same!

Let me know which you like and any tips and tricks you learn and I'll share them here! I keep tweaking and improving the recipe each time I make, so it always gets a little better.  But the version below is better than any I've had in Ellijay!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted (*optional - they don't add them in Ellijay... but we've just IMPROVED their recipe)
  • 3 cups fresh* ripe apple slices - finely sliced
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (or coconut oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Step 1 - Preheat the  oven

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2 - Grease the pans

Take 2 standard bread loaf pans (9" x 5") and lightly grease (using shortening or butter) and then "flour" (put 3 tablespoons of lour in and shake it around, then dump the excess out) them.

Step 3 - Mix ingredients

Combine the

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger or cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted (*optional - they don't add them in Ellijay... but we've just IMPROVED their recipe)
  • 3 cups fresh* ripe apple slices - finely sliced

with a wire whisk and set them aside.

Step 4 - Mix the sugar and butter

In a large bowl, blend the sugar and butter together to make a smooth creamy texture.

Step 5 - Add eggs and vanilla

Stir in the 2 eggs and then 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Step 6 - Add the chopped apples

Add diced apples and mix.

Step 7 - Combine everything

Add dry ingredients from step 3 to the wet ingredients from step 6 and mix until it is just evenly moistened.

Step 8 - Pour into the loaf pans

Pour into the pans prepared in step 2.

Step 9 - Bake

Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown.

Step 10 - Cool

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn them upside down onto wire rack to complete cooling.
 

An Alternative Quick-Type Apple Bread Recipe

Here's another variation of the baking powder apple bread recipe above! It's a bit drier and more crumbly that the recipe above.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 or 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of natural vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (not self-rising flour)

Directions

  1. Combine eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla until well mixed.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into egg mixture.
  3. Fold in the chopped apples and pecans.
  4. Divide the dough equally between 2 greased and floured 9" x 5" loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for one hour and 10 minutes. Two loaves :)


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