You know how it goes when the fruit on your kitchen counter starts talking to you when you walk past ……. “Hey Kathy, whatcha gonna do with me”?? That happened this week with a couple bananas looking spotty and a few Mac apples. Add in a little fresh orange juice and you’ve got a fruit salad in a loaf.
- 1 stick (+ 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature)
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 2 apples: peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed to equal 1 cup
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- raw sugar
In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter with the brown sugar. Add the apples and cook over moderately high heat stirring until tender and golden, about 4-6 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp vanilla and transfer apples to a plate to cool off.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan. I also like to line it with parchment paper. In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, nutmeg and the remaining 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the remaining stick of butter with the sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time and mix until smooth. Add mashed banana, orange juice and the remaining 1 tsp of vanilla and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients, and beat on low speed just until combined. Gently fold in the apples.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Sprinkle raw sugar over the top. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. (cover loosely with foil if the loaf starts to brown too quickly).
Let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a rack to cool completely.