Monday, October 20, 2008

Bacon Apple Squash Bread

On our day off last week, J and I sat around and baked with squash.  We consulted The Flavor Bible, which I recently won in a giveaway from Joy of Desserts.

This book is awesome and when you use it, you feel like inspired geniuses, or at least J and I did. You look up an ingredient, and it will give you a list of other ingredients whose flavor complements your theme ingredient.  A lot of them are traditional, obvious combinations, but there are also many you might not readily think of, which helps when you want to make something outside your typical flavor profile. Tons of great new stuff came out of the kitchen that day, including this great quickbread studded with dried apples and bits of crispy bacon.  

I'm submitting this to October's In The Bag Challenge, hosted by A Slice of Cherry Pie

Bacon Apple Squash Bread

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
8 teaspoons maple syrup
8 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup pureed squash (pumpkin puree works well)
1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
1/3 lb bacon

Have all ingredients at room temperature.

Position rack in the lower third of the oven.

Preheat oven to 350

Grease 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.

Dice bacon, fry on stovetop until fat has rendered out and meat is crispy.  Set aside.

Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and baking powder together throughly.

Combine maple syrup, milk and vanilla in another bowl.

In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.

Gradually add sugars and beat on high speed 3-4 minutes.

Beat in eggs one at a time.

Add and beat in squash puree on low speed until blended.

Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk/syrup/vanilla mixture, until smooth

Fold in dried apples and bacon.

Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about one hour.



ikkinlala said...

That sounds good!

Carla said...

Oh I so need that book! One of my favorite combinations is swiss chard (similar to spinach), beets, and chevre (goat's cheese). I made empanadas with that once, but my dad and I ended up eating the filling on its own haha

That bread sounds so good! What kind of squash did you use for yours?

Reeni said...

Bacon and apple sounds like a great combination! I love sweet and savory together. I'd love a piece for breakfast... or maybe two!

Carla said...

Yay, they took your picture! I think both Foodgawker and Tastespotting are very strict in entries because they get tons each day. I've had multiple entries denied due to low lighting.

J said...

The picture looks great, L. Bacon makes the world taste good.

maggie said...

This looks delicious...Love bacon with sweet things...

leena! said...

Hi Lauren! This is my first time at your blog, I found it when I was looking for a recipe to use up all this squash I have from my CSA. I made this recipe last night and it kicks ass! I used fresh apples, because that is what I had, but it still tasted great. Thanks for posting this!

Anonymous said...

thanks leena i only have fresh too! i just got back from the orchard with my goodies