Start the Thanksgiving Day feast early with this apple-pie-spice breakfast bread. Apples and maple syrup provide just enough sweetness and Greek yogurt gives it a fluffy, spongy texture. It’s easy to make and sure to please.
I really seem to be on a baking roll this fall, with cookies and muffins happening on a consistent basis. This week, I decided to change it up and make a quick bread. This bread tastes like apple pie but is, quite frankly, way less work to put together. As I mentioned above, Greek yogurt is the key ingredient to maintaining the right texture, so things don’t dry out. The other key, in addition to a delicious local apple, is the spices. I used an Apple Pie Spice pre-made mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. You can find similar spice mixes in the spice aisle at the grocery store.
My goal was to make a scrumptious breakfast item that celebrated fall, while still being relatively healthy, and that could also double as a nice host or hostess gift or offering for house guests. Goal achieved.
Do you make anything special for the morning of Thanksgiving?
Apple Pie Spice Bread
Makes 12 slices
- 1-1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 1 cup diced apple
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, apple pie spice and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and milk. Whisk until completely combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time until completely combined. Fold in the diced apple.
- Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Let cool before cutting into slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Alicia Ghio is a passionate home cook on a mission to inspire others to know where their food comes from, to know what’s in it and to savor the flavors of fresh, local ingredients. She is the founder and author of the blog Local Food Rocks.