Oatmeal Breakfast Loaf

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Not overly sweet, this dense and filling, quick bread loaf goes very nicely with coffee or a glass of milk. 
Ingredients
For Topping
1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 tsp cinnamon
For Bread
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1/2 cup diced dried fruit (raisins, apricots, figs, and/or apples)
1 cup old-fashioned oats
 
Directions
1. Center a rack in oven; preheat to 350°F. Butter 9-by-5-inch loaf pan, dust with flour, and tap out excess.
2. Make the topping: In a small bowl, use your fingers to toss together the sugar, nuts, and cinnamon until evenly mix. Set aside.
3. Make the bread: Whisk together the eggs, applesauce, oil, and buttermilk until well blended.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Remove 1/2 teaspoon of mix; toss it with the fruit to coat. Set aside. Stir the oats into the bowl. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry, and, using a large rubber spatula, stir just until everything is evenly moistened. Don't overdo the mixing. Scatter the dried fruit over batter and stir it to blend. Scrape batter into pan; sprinkle over topping, tamping it down lightly with fingers so it sticks.
5. Bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until the bread is browned and a thin knife inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer bread to a cooling rack for about 10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of pan and unmold. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up. (If you unmold too soon, the bottom sticks.)
 
Notes:
I've made this about three times, and am very fond of putting apricots in it.  I find it takes much longer in my oven - up to an hour and 20 minutes.  I have substituted white whole wheat flour when I was out of all-purpuse, and it still seemed comparably tasty, but I have not done a side-by-side test.




Matriarchy

Member since Sep 2007

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