One Bowl Baking

9780762448951_p0_v1_s260x420This long and way-too-cold winter is finally coming to an end.  We’ve had one too many snow days for my liking.  (Actually, to be honest, one snow day is too much!).  I hate being cooped up in the house – it is hard to keep kids entertained when you’re stuck inside – especially one who has no interest in playing in the snow day.  One thing we like to do on snow days is to bake.  Not too long ago, I discovered One Bowl Baking, and decided to try one of the recipes on a recent snow day.

I love the simplicity of the recipes.  I do love baking – but not overly complicated recipes.  Things with too many ingredients, multiple complicated steps.  I’ll leave those recipes for the experts!  Plus, I’m usually baking with a 4 year old in the kitchen, who at this point is a young master of the unnamed-1kitchen!  It was first published just last year, and I love the recipes.  There are muffins, cookies, cupcakes, quick breads, and tarts – all of which a re easy to make.

One helpful tip: read through the recipe first.  Of course, as I type that, the one recipe we made together recently I skipped one step!  I didn’t take that advice, but luckily the applesauce bread we were baking turned out ok anyways.  This was one of the first recipes we tackled, but I’m also looking forward to the double chocolate espresso cashew cookies, and the kitchen sink cookies.  I’m sharing the recipe for the applesauce bread we tried, that is easy, quick, and super yummy!

Super Moist Applesauce Quick Bread

Makes 1 8 x 5 inch loaf

unnamed-28 T butter, softened

1/2 C sugar

1/4 C sugar

1/2 t salt

2 large eggs

1 1/3 cups applesauce

1 1/2 C all-purpose flour

1 1/4 t baking soda

3/4 t ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Butter an 8 x 5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, stir the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and salt until combined.

Whisk in the eggs, one at atime, until each is incorporated, and then the applesauce.

Add the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon to the bowl, then whisk until combined.

Spoon into the loaf pan and smooth the top.  Bake until just firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 to 53 minutes.

Set the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes to cool then remove the cake from the pan to finish cooling.



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