Tis the season for quick breads with fresh cranberries and apples! Becky took Babs apple picking and they got a lot of good ones! We tried the Zojirushi recipe for Apple Cinnamon bread and it was pretty good but it contains buttermilk and that seems to create a greasy crust. Today we are trying another simple recipe that uses milk instead. I made some changes to the recipe, adding a bit more cinnamon, sugar and apple. It’s a yeast recipe and hopefully a good place to start …

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar (I did 3)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I did 1)
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tbsp)
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast (I used a packet of Red Star Active Dry Yeast)
  • 1 1/3 cups peeled and diced apples (I did 1 2/3)

We used the bread machine on setting “Course #1 White” with medium crust and added the apples at the beep (5 minutes before kneading finishes). Unfortunately as we’re learning with all our added ingredient recipes, the bread machine doesn’t quite get it done. So from now on we’ll use the Homemade course and set the time for 1.5 hours until we figure out the exact times.

We also made a quick bread today in the machine. We used this recipe from ChowHound.com

  • https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/cranberry-orange-quick-bread-29110
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (next time we’ll use less, it was very sweet!)
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 2 medium oranges) (we used orange juice)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted and cooled slightly, plus more for coating the pan
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, thawed if frozen and sliced in half (we used 2 cups of large fresh cranberries, cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)

I tried using the “Cake” Course of the bread machine but it didn’t get done enough so I had to finish it off in the oven. Next time I’ll use the homemade cycle. It turned out really good although next time we’ll reduce the sugar a little.