Staying In: Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread with Apple & Vanilla Glaze

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We love fruity bread not only because it's delicious, but because it allows us to pretend we're eating something slightly healthier than what it actually is – cake. This Apple Cinnamon bread recipe from Mike's Organic takes advantage of all the crisp apples that are in season right now, and turns them into a cozy dish that's perfect after a nice long walk through crunchy leaves.

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For the bread

Unsalted butter, for greasing the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
¾ tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup coconut sugar
3 large eggs
1 large Sweetie apple

For the glaze
1 cup apple cider
2 tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup confectioners' sugar
pinch of kosher salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract, plus more to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 350 ⁰F. Butter and flour an 8 1/2-inch-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In a large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: oil, applesauce, sugars, eggs and apple.

2. Then fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, transfer to a rack to cool slightly, then remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely.

3. To prepare the glaze: When the cake has cooled, prepare the glaze. Bring the apple cider to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue to cook the cider until it has reduced to 1/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and continue to cook the mixture, whisking often, until it has become syrupy and thickened slightly, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool until it thickens slightly.

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