An easy and simple apple quick bread with walnuts and Christmas mince. A great breakfast option and homemade hostess gift.
This is my favorite recipe from my Christmas mince series. The bread is moist, apple-y and made extra special with the addition of traditional mincemeat.
I have made this bread in different variations by just substituting the fruit. This was originally my go-to banana bread recipe where I just change out the fruit and nuts. My freezer is full of apples and apricots so an apple bread was just going to happen. The Christmas mince jumped in the mixing bowl because I have this jar of mince and my goal is to play with my food and see how many recipes I can make with this AMAZING invention, like these fun little cookies.
Do you have a favorite sweet bread recipe where you just change out the fruit? This one is highly adaptable.
What to do with leftover quick breads?
This really freezes well. If for some reason, we can’t eat this in 2 days, we will wrap in foil and then plastic wrap and store in the freezer. The foil touching the food first helps to decrease the freezer burn and wrapping in plastic helps to keep the bread moist.
You can also wrap individual slices in the same manner and put in a toaster when you are ready to eat. I find that the toaster will de-frost and heat frozen bread. You can do this with those extra loaves of sandwich bread you toss in the freezer too.
How to serve quick bread
I like to slice the bread and serve to guests with optional butter on the side. Make sure your butter is at room temperature so that your guests don’t tear apart your amazing bread.
Personally I prefer to eat this with hot tea. My favorite tea is English or Irish breakfast tea. I steep my tea bags in super hot water for less than 3 minutes. Any longer and tannins will form in your tea leaving it bitter and puckerish. Don’t do this to yourselves, quick, hot steeping is key and maybe add a smudge of sugar to counter the bitterness. OK, maybe I’m a tea snob.
Serving with coffee is another popular option. If you are going to serve your bread with coffee, just have all of the usual accompaniments to coffee out. Sugar or alternative sweeter and milk or cream. If you want to be extra fancy, half & half makes coffee extra special.
Hubby loves quick breads and this one is no different. I should have made two, because this baby disappeared in no time. Since this is December, this is now my go-to hostess gift since it is so easy AND delicious.
Speaking of hostess gifts, you may be doing a lot of get-together-ing this month. Below are some creative ideas for hostess gifts that will make you popular in the Christmas party circuit. Some are very creative (and maybe not for everyone). What are your favorite go-to Christmas gifts?
Enjoy, be merry and eat good food!
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Happy Holidays to y’all. May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.
Step-By-Step photos of amazing apple bread with mince
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