I can't tell you how many times I wish I had this bread baked already for me, waiting in the refrigerator or on my kitchen table.
Sometimes I can't quite put my finger on a craving, and then I think of this loaf, and nine times out of 10 it fits the bill. It is a Renaissance loaf, if you will.
I first made this bread on my blog
back when we first moved into our new apartment. Where I once had a bright, open, airy kitchen with pretty countertops, I ended up with a poorly lit kitchen, a tiny oven and very, very ugly countertops. Baking this bread was my way of coping with my sad kitchen transition, and I cheered up knowing that though my new kitchen was substandard, it delivered when it came to making breads -- especially ones that are so versatile in flavor.
This Apple Walnut Flaxseed Bread
is one part sweet, one part crunchy, one part crumbly, one part cakey and all parts delicious. It will make your kitchen smell delightfully like cinnamon, apples and sugar -- perfect for a chilly weekend afternoon. Plus, it's a quick bread, so you don't have to have too much patience when it comes to eating -- er, baking -- it.
This bread leaves a lot of room for creativity, so add more ingredients, like oats or raisins, or extract ingredients that don't sound so appetizing to you. Just be sure to keep that amazing sugary walnut topping -- it might seem like overkill when you sprinkle everything on before putting it in the oven, but once it bakes in, you'll be glad you didn't hold anything back -- including your appetite.
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