Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Low Fat/Low Sugar Apple Tea Bread

Low Fat/Low Sugar Apple Tea Bread

When the angel on my left shoulder and the devil on my right start bickering about wanting cake, it's often time to bake a healthier version.

Low Fat/Low Sugar Apple Tea Bread
Apple makes a great filling because it adds both natural moisture and sweetness, two challenges of lower fat and lower sugar pastries. Delicious warm with a cup of tea, this sweet bread usually quiets down the bickering. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 Cup Splenda or other artificial sweetener
1 Apple
1 Cup low-fat buttermilk
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
5 Tablespoons low-fat butter
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon

Combine the dry ingredients - flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1/4 cup of sugar and artificial sweetener in a bowl.

Peel, core and dice the apple and place in a separate bowl with a couple of tablespoons of the dry mixture. (Coating the apple in the flour mixture will prevent the pieces from sinking to the bottom of the cake when baking.)

Using a pastry cutter or fork, blend the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles course crumbs.

Combine the wet ingredients - buttermilk, egg and vanilla in a bowl and whisk together.

Add the buttermilk/egg mixture to the flour/butter mixture and stir just until combined. Blend in the apple pieces and pour the batter into a loaf pan that's been coated with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the cinnamon with the one tablespoon of sugar and sprinkle over the top of the cake. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for one hour. Allow to cool slightly before slicing. Makes approximately 8 servings.

12 comments:

  1. Great healthy version of cake/bread. Sounds delicious! Hope your angel and devil made friends over this!

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  2. Love that you made this healthy, looks delicious!! :)

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  3. I am totally not opposed to a low fat low sugar cake that looks as good as this! Maybe this is a good reward if I do a week of healthy eating. (Small steps!)

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  4. thanks for sharing this tasty recipe! We all know that eating low fat and low-sugar is better for you and posts like this will help us get to that point.

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  5. This bread sounds delicious! I love that it is lightened up to!! Going to have to save this to try it soon!

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  6. I love a lower sugar and lower fat treat! You're right, apple is great for this type of baking. Looks fantastic - thanks for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful bread. I like the lighter version. Less guilt for indulging. ;)

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  8. The war between the angels and demons of nutritional niceties is ongoing always difficult. Thank you for your contribution to the forces of good LOL. This looks good and shows you can modify recipes to make the lighter

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  9. Yummy! I cant wait to make this!! Breakfast anyone?

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  10. Its nice to see this delicious healthy recipe. Will try it for sure.

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  11. Lol! I can totally relate to the angel/devil conversation about sweets! Great recipe!

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