Quick breads.

Pear and apple quick breadI read quite a bit of food blogs and a favourite that seems to pop up (atleast on the blogs that I read) would be quick breads. And honestly, I never really knew what that was. “What exactly is a quick bread?”, I thought. I saw savoury, sweet, ones filled with fruit, ones that you could pull apart, but it never occurred to me to actually look the term up. Til today:

“Quick bread is a type of bread which is leavened with leavening agents other than yeast. Quick breads include many cakes, brownies and cookies, as well as banana bread, beer bread, biscuits, cornbread, muffins, pancakes, scones, and soda bread.”

Motherfuck. Seriously? THAT’S IT?!?! I’ve made so many quick breads it’s not even funny! Geez. And this whole time I thought it was something way cooler than that… Way to burst my bubble, Wikipedia.

And to celebrate this new found (not really) knowledge, I have made you a pear, apple, flax, oat and almond quick bread.

So my boyfriend has an amazing amount of produce in both his backyard and front lawn. He has an apple tree, a pear tree, mint leaves, alpine strawberries, a raspberry bush, chives, and he even found a giant rhubarb plant growing out of the compost area this past summer! It was is quite the treat for me.

But in the fall, the apples and pears were falling off way too fast for me to harvest and in the end, a lot of it went to waste. Of course I did take advantage of most of it and made wonderful pies, crisps, crumbles, cakes, and, of course, quick breads. I made a similar loaf this past September and this recipe just gives me memories of it. It’s great for gifts, breakfast, snack, or just using up those lonely fruits that have been sitting on your counter for the last week.

*Note that I did make this into two mini loaves instead of one. Enjoy!
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What you’ll need:
– 1 apple, grated (including skin)
– 1 pear, grated (including skin)
– 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
– 1 1/2 cups stone ground whole wheat flour
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 tsps baking powder
– 2 tbsp ground flax seed
– 6 tbsp warm water
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 tsps ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 1 tbsp safflower oil
– 1/3 cup almond milk
– 1/3 cup applesauce
– Quick rising oats (as needed)
– Raw almonds (as needed)

What you’ll need to do:
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line one 8×4″ loaf pan (or two if you want mini loaves!) with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Combine all your dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg) in your mixer and mix on low.
3. In a small, separate bowl, mix the flax seed and warm water and let sit for a minute to become a “gel”..
4. In another bowl, mix all your liquids together (milk, oil, applesauce).
5. Add the flax seed gel and liquids to your main mixer with the dry ingredients and mix on medium until well incorporated.
6. Pour batter into loaf pan(s) and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 1 large loaf or 2 mini loaves.

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