I was told that I talk about the Vitamix too much. That’s because I’m baffled that I have owned this thing for 2+ years and wasn’t aware of all the things it can do. Thanks to a handy recipe binder which came with the machine and only recently entered my possession, I’m feeling a surge of recipe inspiration which is exciting to say the least. I’m now cooking things I have never tried to make before, confronting my baking fears, and overall making up for lost Vitamix time by actually following recipes for a change.
My biggest fear to date (other than cats and wondering if my son will be able to read - he’s only 15 months, but I’ve had this fear since before I was pregnant because it’s good to get a head start on worrying) is flour. Not eating flour products, I’m excellent at that. I’m specifically afraid of working with flour - the mess, the kneading, the measurements, the rising time, the type…you name it. But I came across a recipe for apple cheddar bread in this Vitamix binder that I simply couldn’t resist.
It involves combining the wet ingredients in the Vitamix and adding them to the dry components, then simply mixing them gently and pouring into a bread pan to bake. I thought this could serve as a gentle nudge into baking, and I was right. The bread came out perfectly, probably because I followed instructions…what a surprise. I also only made one substitution and used Honeycrisp instead of Granny Smith apples for a slightly sweeter flavor. I almost made two substitutions because I didn’t know if bread and all purpose flour are the same (they are not). I also omitted the pecans from the original recipe.
This may be the most basic of breads for some of you, but to me it was a crowning achievement. Not only that I got over myself to actually make it, but because it turned out to be flippin delicious.
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and cut into large pieces
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 9” X 5” loaf pan with cooking spray. Mix the flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside. Add the Milk, eggs, butter, and sugar to the Vitamix. Start blending at the slowest speed then increase to speed 10, then to “high”. Blend for 15-20 seconds to combine. Reduce speed to 5 and add apples and cheese through the lid opening. Use the plunger-like device which comes with the Vitamix (formall known as the ‘tamper’) to push the apples and cheese into the blades so they blend evenly. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and gently combine them by hand. Pour this dough into the loaf pan and bake for 75 minutes until cooked through. Insert a fork into the middle of the loaf and if it comes out clean, the bread is done.
This bread was perfectly textured and had just the right amount of sweet and savory flavors from the apples and cheddar. I will be trying other combinations (zucchini maybe??) next.