Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cornmeal and Fruit Loaf



This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Caitlin of Engineer Baker. She chose the Cornmeal and Fruit Loaf. I really like Caitlin’s blog; she lives a very busy life and has had a number of challenges lately, but she still sticks with the group. I love that dedication! You can get the complete recipe for this fruit studded quick loaf on Caitlin’s blog. Make sure you also make a visit to the Tuesdays with Dorie site to see how all the bakers interpreted this week’s recipe.

I think I have liked the latter picks in Tuesdays with Dorie; the recipes are a bit more unassuming but have been diamonds in the rough. This recipe is a quick bread with cornmeal and fruit of your choice. I opted for apples and dried apple since I love baking with apples. I had dried apples already, so this was a great opportunity to use them. I’d also like to give this a try with pears, but the selection wasn’t quite as good at the store. I also opted for finely ground cornmeal; we’re not big fans of the coarse ground in our household.



This took less time to assemble than the oven took to preheat and it only messes up one bowl and a liquid measuring cup. I love that! My loaf didn’t rise very much and it seemed to be quite dark on the outside, but the loaf was still moist and not at all overbaked. The bread has the most subtle crunch from the cornmeal. I love the fruit in these, adding a little bit of sweetness without being overpowering. I think this bread would be great with honey butter, but it’s pretty great just on its own.

Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 43

9 comments:

Flourchild said...

It looks lovely! I used apples too and was thrlled with the outcome! I can't wait to make this again in the cool fall temps!!!

Chaya said...

I did the double apple also but I think, I would use fresh apple completely, the next time. The apple was a good choice either way.

Jules Someone said...

This was yummy. I love the crunch that the cornmeal adds. I think it might even benefit from a bit more spice.

Becky said...

I agree - the less bowls we dirty up the better! Love that plate you have them on!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Yummy! Love your second photo. :)

Tia said...

yay for easy, minimal dirty dish recipes! I put strawberries in mine!
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Jeannette said...

i am also loving the tail end of the TWD recipes. they are the "lost boys" of the book ;) something truly different each week. looking forward to baking the rest. your loaf looks just lovely laid out like that on the plate :)

Lynne said...

Lovely photos! Apples just seem to go with the cornmeal. I couldn't find dried pears, but always have dried apples on hand. My loaf was savory so next time, I would omit the sugar except for maybe 1 tablespoon.

Cakelaw said...

Your loaf looks terrific! You are right about some of these later recipes - they are definitely gems.