Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caramel Swirl Apple Bread

Remember this yummy caramel sauce? It didn’t last very long in our house. I was overjoyed when the Lady Behind the Curtain introduced the Improv Cooking Challenge. This month’s mandatory ingredients are CARAMEL and APPLES. Yay! First thing that came to mind was an apple pie with caramel sauce, but time didn’t allow it. Instead I made something a little more realistic. Caramel Swirl Apple Bread. I wanted to make a quick bread for some friends of mine, but I also had to keep a little bit for my family. This recipe was perfect because it made two loaves. The caramel adds a sweetness to it that is unbelievable. This is sinfully delicious.

What You Will Need:
3 apples, cored and cut into wedges

What You Already Have:
2 1/4 C flour
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 C corn syrup
1 C brown sugar
1 C sugar
½ C reduced fat milk
2 T reduced fat milk
2 eggs
¼ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 stick of unsalted butter, divided
¼ tsp salt
Medium sauce pan
Two loaf pans
Food processor
Non stick cooking spray

1) Preheat oven to 350˚.
2) Make caramel first, so it can cool slightly.
3) Heat corn syrup, brown sugar, ½ C milk, pinch of salt over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 3-4 minutes until darker brown.

4) Remove from heat and stir in ½ stick of butter. Whisk until butter is completely mixed in and caramel is shiny.

5) Spray loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
6) Add sugar, ½ stick of butter, eggs, remaining milk, vanilla, pinch of cinnamon and salt to food processor. Purée until blended. 
7) Add apples and pulse until coarse.

8) Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder. Pulse until dough forms.

9) Fill loaf pans with half of dough.
10) Swirl in caramel.

11) Cover with remaining dough.
12) Swirl caramel over top.

13) Bake for 35-40 minutes or until completely baked through.
14) Cool.

15) Serve.

The Improve Cooking Challenge


Anne @ Domesblissity said...

Yummo! That looks so good. I must try that. (Popping over from Improv Challenge.)

Anne @ Domesblissity

Patty said...

Your bread looks wonderful! Mine is the Caramel Apple Scones:

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

This looks delicious! I am a fellow Improv Challenge participant and your newest follower.

SnoWhite said...

What a wonderful looking bread -- caramels & apples are a delightful combo and when you wrap them in carbs, oh, I'm drooling!

Stopping by from the Improv Challenge!

laurie said...

Wow...this looks good!

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

What a GREAT recipe!!! Thanks so much for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE! I can't wait to see what you make next month using Pumpkin and Cream Cheese.

MrsFoxsSweets said...

This looks delish! I love recipes that I can make without an extra trip to the store. Yum! I am #30 at the Improv. This is so much fun!

Lisa~~ said...

Delicious looking and what a wonderful recipe.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.

Cook Lisa Cook

Pup Fan said...

Oooh... I want!

Kristen said...

What a great idea to add the caramel to this wonderful bread. I bet it would make great muffins, too. YUM!

megseverydayindulgence said...

Yum! This looks like the perfect fall quick bread! Popping over from the Improv Cooking Challenge (#22).

Jan said...

I never would have thought to add caramel to bread. Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing. :)

sugarspiceiced said...

Yummy!! I was wondering how it would work to add caramel to apple bread! I sounds amazing!! What a great idea for this month's challenge!

Screaming Sardine said...

Yummy! I especially like the swirl of caramel in the bread. I bet that's super delicious.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Ambreen said...

Wow! what a gorgeous & delicious bread! Thanks for sharing.

Ms Bibi said...

That looks yummy! Perfect with my cup of coffee this morning.

Bibi @ Frugal Wannabe Cooks

Amy @ Kitchen and Kids said...

This bread sounds good. I love to make breads like this because they are so easy to share. Can't wait to try.

rebekahdawn said...

Yum, this looks really good. I would have never thought to make a bread - so creative!

SusanoftheBox said...

oooh... I love a recipe that can be done so easily in the food processor! I think I will try this one for my son's teachers!

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