Food for Thought – January 7, 2014

Soon Thanksgiving will be here.  We will head to Ohio the day before.  I usually bring the quick breads, cookies and pies.  They are all easy to make and transport.

Today I’ll give you a recipe for Applesauce Bread from Sherry Crow of Mattoon, IL.  She says applesauce gives this bread natural sweetness and moisture so less sugar and oil are required.

Applesauce Bread

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sugar

1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, divided

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

2 egg whites

1 egg

1-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup canola oil

3 Tbsp fat-free milk

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1) In large bowl, combine flours, sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder and nutmeg.  In a small bowl, whisk egg whites, egg, applesauce, oil and milk.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

2) Transfer to a 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan coated with cooking spray.  Combine brown sugar and remaining cinnamon; sprinkle over top.

3) Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack.

Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices) of 139 calories each.

This next bread is from Dixie Terry of Goreville, IL, who says bananas and apricots lend sugary flavor and wheat germ gives it a dose of nutrition.

Apricot- Banana Bread

1/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed ripe bananas

1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup toasted wheat germ

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup finely chopped dried apricots

2 tsp grated lemon peel

1) In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Beat in bananas.  Combine next 5 ingredients.  Gradually beat into banana mixture.  Stir in apricots and peel.

2) Transfer to 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan coated with cooking spray.

3) Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices) of 168 calories each.

This last thought from VI B. Chevalier.

Angel Power

To each God gives a special friend,

An angel oh so fair,

To lovingly assist and guide

Our steps no matter where;

To whisper words of love and peace

If we but stop to hear,

And then to know with joyful hearts

God’s love forever near.

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Until next time,

Ellie