Apple Cheddar Christmas Loaf with Thyme
This is the perfect addition to everyone’s holiday breakfast or brunch feast. This bread which kind of has a cake texture is decadent, delicious and so ridiculously simple. You can even make this the day before and then on Christmas morning warm it in a low oven just before serving. I truly hope everyone has an amazing holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a magical time of year for our family and I hope that magic touches the lives of everyone else too.
Makes 8 thick slices
1 ¾ Cup all purpose flour (I used white… omg… but it’s Christmas!)
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp dried thyme
2 Large eggs (at room temperature)
½ Cup apple juice
1 tbsp cider vinegar
¼ Cup canola oil
1 ½ Cup grated old cheddar (reserve 1-2 tbsp for topping)
1 Medium royal gala apple, cored and grated
A few fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
Preheat your oven to 350.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and dried thyme; set aside.
Using a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, apple juice, vinegar and oil; whisk until frothy.
Fold in the grated cheese and apple.
Combine in the flour mixture, working until completely mixed,
Transfer to a greased 4 x 8 loaf pan; tap the pan when the batter is in to make sure it settles evenly.
Top with the reserved cheddar cheese and the thyme sprigs.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the tester (toothpick) comes out clean.
Let the loaf rest in the pan for 5 minutes and then turn out on to a cooling rack (you may need to run a knife along the edges to get it out).