Thursday, June 25, 2009

Taste and Create... Apple Cheddar Loaf!

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I can't believe I forgot about this until Carol [thank you, by the way] reminded me on my previous blog post!! After that, I'd been so busy with college, I'm only barely making the deadline [as always, hooray for the time difference]

I'd signed up for Taste & Create, figuring I needed a few challenges coming my way! With T&C, you can never predict who you're going to be paired with, so its interesting in that it takes me out of the chocolate rut! And how!

I went to Carol's blog, No Reason Needed, that's not a food blog per se, but great nonetheless! So ofcourse, I was a little worried! While I could have gone with the safe bet - cookies [there are many recipes for cookies on her blog], I chose to stick with my new mantra of experimenting, and the Apple Cheddar Loaf seemed perfect!

I was apprehensive at first, but after reading her post about how everyone loved it, and after her re-assuring me that it tasted great over a few e-mails, I finally set out to bake the loaf today morning!

While I can't say it was the best thing I've ever eaten, it was certainly different! Not exactly for my tastes [I'm one the in-your-face sweets kind]. But Mom sure loved it! One loaf is almost over, in about 3 hours, and I'm going to add a simple icing sugar glaze on top of the second one tomorrow, so that I'll be able to enjoy it. And for all those of you concerned about the aspect of cheese, you can barely taste it! It just adds a delicious texture! All the spices add an amazingly deep layer. I'm sure this recipe is workable! Next time, I'd up the apple content, and add more sugar! Should be perfectt!!

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For the recipe, head on over to Carol's blog, or look below for the recipe as I made it -

Apple Cheddar Loaf
Adapted from No Reason Needed

1/2 cup [113 g] soft butter
3/4 cup [180 g] sugar - I'd use 1 entire cup
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup [120 g] all purpose flour
1 cup [170 g] whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 c. peeled, cored, and chopped tart apple
3/4 cup [about 140 g] shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts/pecans

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan. - I used two mini loaf tins.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time and beat until light.
  5. Beat in milk.
  6. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  7. Fold into creamed mixture.
  8. Fold in cheese, apple, and nuts.
  9. Pour into prepared pans. [batter will be thick]
Bake for 1 hour (I took 55 mins).

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The cheese, apple, nutmeg, cinnamon all really work well in this recipe, in a way I never thought possible! I'm going to make this again, soon! I loved taking part in this event, and have learnt that baking, as well as blogging about it, is not something I can do at the last possible minute. Bring on next month!!

Update : Nutella makes everythingg better!!! Lol, I now LOVE the loaf :P

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  1. oh and cheddar...I LOVE that sweet and savory combo! I'm definitely giving this a try!

  2. I'm so glad your mom particularly LOVED this recipe.

    I guess it's a take it or leave it kind of recipe... given your desire for chocolate...LOL

    I hope to see more of your recipes to come.

  3. Wow thats delicious combo, looks yummy!

  4. Looks delicious, especially with that nutella on top!!!! YUM!

  5. Apple and cheddar are great together, but add Nutella and it's perfect!

  6. Ooooh, with that nutella on top - yum!

  7. Lovely flavour combo and cake.
    Btw, your decorating skills are very good. Where are you doing the course?

  8. burpandslurp - If you're the kinds who likes such breads, you're gonna fall in LOVE with this one, for sure!!

    Carol - It really is! Anyway, she loved it, and I like it with the Nutella on top :P

    Ria - Thanks :)

    Parita - Thank you. All credit should be directed to Carol, however!!

    Anon - Please elaborate.

    Jamie - Nutella is what I live for!!!

    Lynn - It sure is!!

    Deborah - Do try it, if you like such breads!!

    Cassie - Then make this recipe now, you'll probably love it!

    Aparna - Thanks. Sent you a mail with the details!

  9. yum. i love apple and cheddar. you should try the apple cheddar scones in my blog! they are more like biscuits and are so good

  10. Oh my gosh, you got me with the Nutella! But the bread already looked amazing!

  11. Jaime - As I said, I wasn't too much of a fan on the combination! A few others were, though, so I'll probably try them out when I have people over next!!

    Katrina - Thanks soo much!!

  12. This looks delicious! I love the idea of apple and cheddar together in a loaf.

  13. eatme_delicious - Thanks. I LOVE your name :)

  14. Apple and cheddar -- sounds like a great combination. Thanks for the idea.

  15. Wow that looks so delicious! I think I have to stop my diet for day and start baking ;)


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