When I first chanced upon this recipe from Kale and Caramel on Pinterest, it was an immediate save. However, as the months passed, I never ended up baking it. Does that ever happen to you? I tend to hoard recipes in my personal collection, and then never choose to bake them. For some reason, the situation never works out. I never have the right ingredients in my pantry, or run out of time to bake (making bread at 11pm is not fun). Actually, I still have a plastic bag of measured dry ingredients in the pantry, from that pumpkin spice babka I was planning on baking eons ago. The babka was never baked, as I was missing the key ingredient: pumpkin puree. How unfortunate!
Today, the time was right.
The tahini was in the fridge, there was an excess of apples sitting out on the counter, and I was in a mood to bake!
This apple tahini bread permeates your tastebuds with the scent of honey, and the tahini adds that little bit of bitterness that counteracts the sweetness perfectly. The honeyed apples sitting on top of the loaf caramelize in the oven, turning soft and delicious.
This loaf is already quite healthy, as it contains no refined sugars and has a good amount of fruit in it from the applesauce, but I kicked it up another notch by using white whole wheat flour instead of the all purpose called for in the original recipe. I definitely recommend using white whole wheat flour, as it has all the goodness of whole grains but doesn’t affect the final texture of your baked goods, whereas regular whole wheat flour has the tendency to make things dense.
apple tahini bread
adapted from kale and caramel
- 2 cups (240 g) white whole wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup + 2 1/2 tbsp (304 g) unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/3 cup (75 g) unsalted tahini
- ½ cup (168 g) honey can sub maple syrup
- 1/3 cup mild tasting oil i used grapeseed
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Apple Sesame Topping
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped apples, peel on
- 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 pinches sea salt
Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 5x9 loaf pan with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, honey, vanilla extract, tahini, and oil until smooth. Fold in dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
In a small bowl, mix ingredients for apple sesame topping together until honey is well incorporated. Sprinkle mixture lengthwise down center of uncooked batter, leaving a couple inches on either side.
Bake for about one hour, until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean and the top is browned.