Spiced Apple Pecan Loaf And An Auction For Charity
You all know about my passion for animals and that I work with rescue and animal related charities. One of the groups I work with is called PugsquadSOS. We recently had an auction to benefit a small animal rescue group in upstate NY and I donated homemade baked goods. One of the items I included in this box of treats is this homemade spiced apple loaf. I used my banana bread recipe and adapted it for apples adding some warm autumnal spices and homemade applesauce. It turned out really well, the bread is not overly sweet, is light and smells wonderful because of the spices. This loaf along with other homemade baked goods is currently up for grabs on Instagram, we are raising money for 2 little dogs that need very expensive life saving surgeries and their families do not have the means to pay for it. If any of you would like to bid on my offering or any of the items on instagram go to @portiathepug_paw_pal_auction.
I am bringing these loaves with me to Fiesta Friday #145, last week I co hosted and this week we will all be voting on the feature recipes.
I would also be remiss if I did not acknowledge our veterans today. Thank you to the men, women and canine corp that sacrificed life and limb so that we may enjoy the freedom and safety that sadly we sometimes take for granted, without their bravery it would be a far different world. Bless our Veterans and take care of them each and every day and not just on Veterans Day.
Spiced Apple Pecan Loaf
Makes 1 standard size loaf or 3 mini loaves
4 oz (1 stick) softened butter
1 cup sugar (preferably organic)
2 eggs at room temperature
1 cups flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allapice
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 heaping cup applesauce (I used homemade unsweetened and it was about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans
1 apple peel left on, cored and cut into thin slices
Pre heat oven to 350 degree’s. Butter or grease standard size loaf pan or 3 mini pans.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. While creaming the butter sift or whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Add eggs one at a time beating between each addition until eggs are incorporated. Add the flour mixture and beat only until combined. Add the applesauce, creme fraiche and vanilla and beat until combined. Fold in the pecans and scrape into baking pans. Place apple slices and whole pecans on top and bake until golden brown and when tester inserted it comes out clean. This will take close to an hour for a large loaf and about 25 minutes for 3 mini loaves.
The winning bid will receive:
1 dozen chocolate chip cookies
1 dozen healthful dog cookies
1 dozen fig/pistachio rugelach
1 dozen ginger spice molassess cookies
1 mini loaf banana bread
1 mini loaf spiced apple pecan bread