Apple Almond Cornmeal Bread

Things you'll need:
 
1/4 cup almonds, coarsely crushed
2 tbsp slivered almonds, for topping
4-5 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp cane sugar or raw sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup stone ground cornmeal
1 tsp aluminium free baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
 
1/3 cup unsulphured molasses
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup (4 oz) all natural unsweetened applesauce
1 cup or 1 Fuji or Gala apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped

Other

two 5 inch loaf pans or one 8 inch loaf pan
lining tray
whisk
silicon spatula
wire rack
 
How it's done:
 
Grease two 5 inch mini loaf pans or one 8 inch loaf pan with oil or butter.
 
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Put slivered almonds in the bottom of pan and then rotate pan to distribute them around the bottom and sides so they'll stick to the greased pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt and crushed almonds with a whisk.

Microwave the butter for 10-20 secs and not more to just soften slightly.

Whisk together butter and sugar until creamy in another mixing bowl. Now, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients - buttermilk, molasses, applesauce and vanilla extract.

Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients bowl and fold in chopped apples gently until just combined. Do not over mix. Spoon batter into the pan(s) using a silicon spatula for near zero batter wastage. If using two 5 inch pans, place them at least 2 inches apart for uniform hot air circulation. Bake until cooked through and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes for 5 inch pan and 45-50 minutes for 8 inch pan. Do not over bake.

Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes and then invert onto a plate.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Note

When buying molasses, make sure it has unsulphured molasses as the only ingredient. I have used Grandma's brand all natural molasses.

Add an additional tbsp of sugar if need be. The cake was mildly sweet which is how I prefer mine.

Skip the all-purpose-flour altogether and use whole wheat flour if you feel awkward about APF. You might have to up the buttermilk or applesauce by 1 or 2 tbsp if so.

You could consider swapping baking soda and baking powder quantities as I felt that the loaf was a bit crumbly.

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