My 9-year-old daughter Laine is guest posting today! She created this Christmas bread and it’s so good we wanted to share it with everyone. She had a vision for Christmas bread at the end of the summer and made a long list of delicious potential ingredients. Then she picked a combination that turned out amazing! We used this cranberry bread as the base for the recipe and added all her mix-ins and of course a brown butter streusel topping. We are a gluten-free household these days and the recipe reflects that, but see the recipe notes for other options. Here’s Laine!
First, stir the dry ingredients together in one bowl. I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for the spices. It makes the bread taste like cake! Then, you stir the wet ingredients and sugar in another bowl. You add shredded apple, raisins, and sweet cinnamon chips, stir everything together, and pour the batter into a pan. Then you make the streusel! Browning butter doesn’t take very long. It’s easy and it makes the streusel extra tasty. I used oat flour to give it more nutty flavor and make it yummy!
I hope you try it! I think it’s very delicious!
Gluten-free, streusel-topped, raisin-and-cinnamon-chip-studded quick bread!
For the bread:
1 cup Better Batter gluten-free flour (or another cup-for-cup gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum)
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup milk
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 cup shredded apple
1/4 cup raisins
For the streusel:
2 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup oat flour (you can buy this or make it from oats blended into a powder…just measure after blending. use certified gluten-free oats for gluten free)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or foil (or grease/spray it).
Whisk together flours, baking soda, spices, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together eggs and sugars, then whisk in vanilla, oil, and milk.
Add wet ingredients and shredded apple, cinnamon chips, and raisins to the flour mixture and stir gently with a spatula until combined.
Pour into the prepared pan, then make the streusel.
First, brown the butter. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir it as it melts and foams until it begins to turn amber-colored and smell nutty. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar, oat flour, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until it forms small clumps.
Sprinkle the streusel over the top of the batter.
Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Eat!!
You can substitute regular all-purpose flour for the Better Batter gluten-free flour and almond flour. Use 1.5 cups total. You can also use half all-purpose and half white whole wheat flour (3/4 cups each).