After visiting the apple orchard this weekend, I'm all of a sudden craving all things apple. So I decided to whip up a few apple filled recipes to enjoy all week long. First up was some jazzed up chicken salad. Make sure to keep reading, because my second recipe is a delicious apple cinnamon bread that makes you feel like you are eating dessert for breakfast!
I have always been a fan of chicken salad, but I usually keep it really simple... just some leftover rotisserie chicken and some Miracle Whip on toasted bread. But since it's fall, I decided to make it a little extra special with apples, dried cranberries, and some pecans. I had hoped to pick up some fresh croissants to use as my bread, but my store was all out when I went. So instead, I settled for some simple rolls.
1 cup cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces (I used a rotisserie from our local grocery store)
1/2 of a Gala apple, cut into bite sized pieces
3 tablespoons dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 tablespoons of Miracle Whip or mayonnaise (depending on your preference)
Mix all your ingredients together.
You can then spread it onto a roll (or croissant), fill a pita or wrap, or add to the top of a lettuce salad.
My second recipe I tried is an applesauce and cinnamon bread. I'm a huge fan of these apple and zucchini muffins, but I figured it was about time to try a new apple recipe. While this recipe calls for apple sauce instead of real apples, I actually kind of prefer that since I'm not a fan of huge chunks of cooked apple (or any fruit) in my desserts. This bread made my house smell so good and it really did taste like fall! I definitely recommend giving this bread a try, it was really easy to make!
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup oats (I used the quick cook kind)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup applesauce (I used Motts, but homemade would be amazing)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease loaf pan. I used a 10 inch metal nonstick loaf pan.
In a large bowl, mix by hand flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla, then stir into dry ingredients by hand until just combined.
Scoop the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45-48 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and whisk together the powdered sugar and applesauce for the glaze.
When the bread has cooled for just a bit, pour the glaze over the top. It will settle into the cracks and keep the bread moist. The glaze will set, but will remain slightly sticky.