I like fruits when they are still partially green, unripe. I want them to be really hard and not so juicy. My mother, who is in love with all the juicy and messy fruits, always told me that I was a bit “weird” in that sense.. Well, maybe I am.
Especially peach, I love, but again, hard and almost green versions! So when this recipe called for peach, I of course wanted to find a few hard peaches. However, as we are in the middle of November, I could not find any fresh peaches – ripe, unripe, mid-ripe – nada!
Instead, I bought peeled and sliced peaches in a can. I bought Pirkka label, as it looked less artificially sweetened (I am not so sure actually, maybe others were not sweetened as well, I don’t speak Finnish well you know). In any case, I washed each peach piece (there were 4 half peaches) with cold water for a while.
There was also something new for me in this recipe: applesauce. You can always make applesauce by yourself but when I found a jar of ready applesauce in a very cheap price in Kmarket Kamppi, I just felt lazy and bought that. Applesauce is used in many recipes as a substitution to oil (to some extent) in order to reduce fat content. You can find very useful and detailed information about this on this link: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/6869/why-can-applesauce-be-used-in-place-of-oil
Oh, and for the first time, I wasn’t shy and I commented on another food blog – for this recipe. I wanted to show my appreciation for the lovely taste of this bread cake, and how good the recipe was explained.
1.5 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
3/4 tbsp pumpkin pie spice*
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 egg white
2 tbsp milk (I used full fat)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup chopped peaches (out of 4 halves in the can, I used 3 and ate the last one!)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tbsp brown sugar
*Pumpkin pie spice: 2 tbsp ground ginger, 2 tsp nutmeg, 1.5 tsp ground allspice (in Finnish: maustepippuri) (and 1.5 tsp ground cloves, but I skip this one since I do not like cloves myself!)
1. Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice together. Put it aside.
3. In a smaller bowl, put the granulated white sugar and add egg, egg white, milk and applesauce. Whisk it until they blend well.
4. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture (aka dry ingredients) and pour the egg mixture (aka wet ingredients) in the middle. Fold it with a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon until all the dry ingredients blend well with the wet ingredients.
7. Put in the oven, in middle rack. Bake for about 65-70 minutes, until a toothpick or a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Take it out of the oven when it is ready and let it cool, in the pan for a while, then on a cooling rack out of the pan.