Saturday, October 16, 2021

Spiced Shredded Apple Loaf for #WorldBreadDay

It's fall - and that means warming spices and apples! This loaf is packed with shredded apples and laced with stong-brewed @adagioteas Masala Chai and Vanilla Roobois teas. It is a perfect pairing for strong cheeses or apple butter!

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 It's the middle of October, and I for one love this time of year. Despite needing a light jacket (or a sweatshirt if, unlike me, you don't feel the cold), the aromas and colours of the season are by far some of the best of the year. 

On Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and I spent an hour or so at the orchard picking local apples, and when I came home and brewed myself a mug of apple-chai tea I was inspired to try and make a loaf of bread encapsulating all the spices and fruit of the season. A few hours (and a lot of flour) later I had some delicious low-rising loaves cooling on the rack waiting to be sampled. Had I thought more ahead I would have broken out my makeshift French bread moulds to keep them a little taller, but the flavour was perfect regardless!

I have to say I am spoiled for choice with teas this Autumn - the lovely folks at Aadagio Teas sent me a decadent selection of Autumn and Chai teas, each filled with warming flavors and spices. A mug (or two) is a perfect addition to the colder, rainy days of October and November here. To achieve the perfect brew for one, the company also has an adorable line of porcelain infuser mugs which are perfect (especially when working from home).
You can find the Autumn Tea Ssampler, Chai Sampler and infuser mugs all on adagio's site, and stay tuned since I've caught wind of an exclusive release tea for Black Friday!

Today is also World Bread Day and I am so glad to be able to submit my entry into the roundup at this year. Zorra has been compiling World Bread Day roundups since 2006 (longer than this little project of mine has been around!) and I love seeing the entries from around the world.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Plum Yogurt Cake

This delicious yogurt cake is topped with plums and a sprinkle of sugar, while the batter gets a hint of fall flavour from @nakednutrition Pumpkin Spice Naked Shake. Moist and beautiful to look at, it's a perfect dessert for any fall table.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians! For the first time in what feels like forever, we are actually hosting dinner on the holiday Monday and not the Sunday (the joys of retired and student life here, I suppose), and while there isn't as many people over this year we do have quite the spread of food! 

One of the things I love to do over the holidays is making the dessert. This year I made two - a batch of chocolate chip cinnamon cookies (for the littles) and this delicious cake topped with sparkling plums. Luckily, I got the chance to add a bit of pep and nutrition by adding some of the brand new protein shake powder the folks at Naked Shake sent to me - pumpkin spice! Like the other Naked Shake products, the new flavour combines pea protein, adds MCT oil, fermented cane sugar, and natural plant-based flavours and adds a dash of cinnamon for that irresistible flavour profile. A serving contains 20g of protein and 4g of sugar, and paired with a scoop of their other new product, baobab-sourced Naked Fiber, it's a great addition to your day when you're running non-stop or working out.

The flavour was subtle but a perfect accent to the roasted fruit, and since the tester batch I made (albeit in muffin form) was a hit here, I can only imagine what it's like in full scale glory!