It’s pretty apparent by the monstrous recipe index on this blog that I bake a lot. And “a lot” is a minuscule term to use how much I really bake.
Recipes are cranked out of my head and my kitchen as often as most people blink.
My family’s become so used to seeing the oven on and smelling something sweet that they barely bat an eye anymore. Or mind eating stray, deformed cookies off of the baking racks. Pretty much, they never eat the “pretty” things or anything served up all pretty-like.
When Welcome Home Brands contacted me about doing a giveaway for their new paper bakeware, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t worked with paper bakeware before, but I was intrigued by the idea. Basically, it is exactly what it claims to be: paper bakeware that you can bake in and serve from, ditching the need to do dishes (yay!!) or find the right serving platters for (yay!!). Needless to say, it’s awesome! Finally, my family could eat pretty food from a pretty container (and I think they felt kinda special).
Plus, they offer their bakeware in fun patterns, colors, styles and shapes, so you can pretty much replace every pan in your house with their durable line of products and bake for any occasion worry-free. No more needing to awkwardly ask your neighbor about that loaf pan that you kinda sorta need back, or fret about another stack of pie plates when you can use disposable ones. Easy peasy!!
How fun are those dotty mini loaves?!
GIVEAWAY CLOSED; WINNER CHOSEN! Congratulations, Kelsea!!
And Welcome Home Brands is generously giving a lucky reader some of their cool products! All you have to do is leave me one comment telling me: What would you bake in either their loaf pans, cupcake cups, or cake pans?
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Now, onto THIS BREAD.
It’s light and fluffy, yet totally substantial and thick. It’s full of thick chunks of Golden Delicious apples, swirled copiously with an amazing brown sugar & cinnamon crumb mixture, and of course, layered with rich, buttery caramel. This bread is easily one of my favorite breads I’ve baked and one I’ll definitely be baking again and again and again…
Whether you’re already breaking out your scarves and boots or you’re still rockin’ bikinis, bake this bread and relish in the enticing fall aromas that will emanate from your oven. Trust me, the smell is awesome and so is the bread that’s inside!
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups coarsely chopped apples (I didn’t peel mine, but feel free to peel yours if preferred. I also used Golden Delicious, but Granny Smith would work!)
Caramel sundae sauce
For Crumb Mixture:
1 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp cold butter
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. If using paper bakeware, place two loaf baking pans on a foil-lined baking sheet. If using glass pans, spray liberally with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until creamy. In a separate bowl, dissolve the baking soda into the lemon juice. Mixture will foam up; that’s normal. Once dissolved, add the baking soda mixture, eggs and vanilla to the butter and beat to combine.
3. Add the flour and salt until a thick batter has formed. Stir in the chopped apples by hand.
4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the crumb ingredients until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Set aside.
5. If making two loaves with paper bakeware: Spread 1/4 batter in the bottom of each loaf pan. Sprinkle heavily with the crumb mixture and drizzle a generous amount of caramel on top. Repeat with another layer of each batter, crumb and caramel. If using a regular-sized loaf pan: Repeat same process, just in one pan.
6. Bake the paper bakeware loaf pans for 30 minutes, or a regular-sized loaf pan for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Bread can be cooled and served directly from the paper bakeware, but if using glassware, remove the bread from the pan after cooling slightly; allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
7. Bread can be stored up to 2 days at room temperature, wrapped tightly.
The great thing about this paper bakeware is that cleanup was SO easy. When we were done serving from the loaf pan, we just recycled it and we were done. No scrubbing dishes, no mess. And we gifted the other loaf to a friend by just simply wrapping the bread in cellophane and tying it up with a ribbon. Think of how easy holiday baking will be with this paper bakeware!
Good luck, and enjoy!!
Welcome Home Brands generously provided me with these products to review and giveaway to one lucky reader. All opinions are strictly my own and I was not compensated for this post.