And the Christmas decor goes up! Christmas is huge in our family. We love celebrating what it means. On my husbands side, even the decorating is huge! Every year, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is a huge decorating party. My sweet mother-in-law loves this so much--and so do I! We get together starting first thing in the morning. All the ornaments are laid out. Christmas tree goes up. Everyday dishes are put away and the Christmas Spode dishes come out. Soaps are swapped out. Candles are changed. Stockings are hung. The Christmas Village is built. Christmas music is played for all to hear. Wassail is a brewing to sip on all day long. Hot Coco is ready to make in the Keurig. Holiday munchies, such as Cranberry Salsa with crackers, cheese and crackers, and sweet breads sit out on the counter to much at throughout the day. Some years we are lucky and have cold enough weather to bundle up in sweaters and warm fuzzy socks sipping warm drinks all day long with the fire place blazing. And... then there is this year with a high of 83*. But that's beside the point.
So while there will be things that I can enjoy food wise, there may be things that I cannot enjoy as well. But, this year, along with all the other typical goodies, there will also be my Apple Cinnamon Bread. My GRAIN FREE Apple Cinnamon Bread. Oh so yummy. I maybe enjoy it a little bit too much. You want the recipe? Ok. (It's a good one.)
Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Bread
1/2 c. sifted coconut flour
1/4 c. pecan/walnut meal
1/4 c. FINELY chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
3/4 c. apple pulp
1/2 c. fresh apple juice
1 c. apple sauce
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cider vinegar
Preheat your oven two 350*. Grease two mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan with some coconut oil. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl combine your wet ingredients. Make sure your oven is preheated at this point!!! Combine wet and dry ingredients together thoroughly, pour them into your pans, and place in the oven. Do this process as quickly as you can! This is important because the reaction between the vinegar and baking soda is the primary rising agent. Bake for 35 minutes for the two small loaves or 45-50 minutes for the large loaf. Pull out of the oven and enjoy a wonderful holiday bread!
Let it cool in the pan for a couple of minutes. Cut around the edge of each loaf with a knife, and flip them out of the pans onto a cooling rack. Let the cool completely and then wrap them in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. To enjoy a slice later, cut off a piece and place in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to warm.