Hello, lovelies. It has been some time since I’ve posted (about a month…eeks!). I have been working through some not so lovely life issues and for only the second time in my years on this planet have lost my appetite. It’s devastating! To be a chef, to have a passionate love for cooking and feeding people and to have literally no appetite. Until recently nothing has sounded good, aside from coffee, apples and wine. It is such a terrible feeling.
So, in that vein, I figured that baking might sound good. Something warm, from the oven with that cozy feeling of being in a place surrounded by comfort might do the trick of sounding good. It worked. Going to the farmers market, picking out the most beautiful baking apples and coming home to mix up a lovely, spiced and oh-so-tasty loaf of this apple bread. Smelling the sweet sugar and apples caramelizing while baking, feeling the warmth from opening the oven door definitely helped a bit.
This is a great recipe for anyone, especially if you know someone who is going through some sort of tough time right now. It’s not a heavy bread, studded with juicy apples and scented with the beautiful spice of cardamom and cinnamon. Wrap it up, add a little inspirational note and feel good about bringing some warmth and love to a friend.