Secret Recipe Club: Spiced Apple Bread


Yay!  It’s my favorite day of the month, I get to reveal my Secret Recipe Club assignment for November.

I’m honored to be a part of this diverse international group of food bloggers.  In case you forgot, everyone in the Secret Recipe Club gets “assigned” a blog from which we are supposed to pick a dish to cook.  But, it’s all done in secrecy.  It isn’t until the ultimate reveal day (today) that everyone showcases their dishes and discovers who’s been their secret foodie link.  This club has provided me valuable exposure to blogs I might not otherwise encounter.

My assignment this month: Shockingly Delicious.  I have been following this blog for quite some time and am honored to feature it today on my blog.  Dorothy, the author of Shockingly Delicious, is more than just a food blogger.  Dorothy has over 25 years of food writing and editing experience.  My instant connection to Dorothy’s blog came when I read her similar food mission: to showcase food that’s easy to prepare; highlight tried and true recipes;create the right recipe for the right time.

If you take some time to comb through her vast food archives, you’re guaranteed to ear mark scores of recipes for your To Cook list.  As a 2011 Saveur Sites We Love Award Winner, you’ll drool over Dorothy’s food photography and enjoy her pure, candid writing companion piece to each recipe.

I’ve already downloaded her Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs; Flatbread of Grapes & Gruyere, Rosemary and Red Onion; Nutmeg Bundt Cake. My kids have gone through her entire section titled Kid-Friendly!  They’re dying to make Funfetti Krispi Treats and Nutella Ice Cream for the holidays.

I decided to make Dorothy’s Spiced Zucchini Bread recipe but, I made a Spiced Apple version. We always have so many apples laying around I figured I’d take Dorothy’s suggestion and swap out the zucchinis for some fruit.

As promised, this particular recipe is super easy to prepare and shouldn’t require a trip to the market- you should have all of the required ingredients in your stocked pantry.

While the prep time is minimal, I would recommend routinely checking the bread while it’s baking.   I baked my loaf the maximum amount of time and it definitely tasted a bit dried out.  However, with a little spread of homemade apple butter on top, my kids couldn’t taste the difference.

Less than two days later, the bread was completely gone!

I hope you enjoy Shockingly Delicious as much as I do.  It’s a fantastic resource full of tried and true recipes, tips and coaching to make YOU a fabulous home cook!


  1. Hi Judy,
    Thanks for your kind words about my blog!
    Your apple version of the Spiced Zucchini Bread sounds great! Apple anything is a winner at our house.
    I was thinking about why your bread might have been drier…it might simply be that zucchini is a much wetter ingredient than apples. And in the zuke bread, I don’t squeeze it dry before adding it, so there would be quite a bit more moisture. That’s my best guess, anyway.

    Thanks again for the nice write-up!

  2. Anything with apples in it has my name on it, and this apple bread looks fabulous, what a great SRC pick, Karen

  3. My 5 year old absolutely loves apples. I’m sure this would be a fantastic thing to send in his lunchbox!
    Happy reveal day.

  4. Right now I have both apples and zucchini in my fridge. I think I just might make this tonight. Great SRC pick.

  5. Looks delicious! I love quick breads, and doing a spiced apple would be a good way to change up from banana or zucchini.

  6. Love the idea of using apples instead of zucchini..definitely need to keep this around for fall! Great SRC pick!

  7. I’m always on the lookout for apple dessert breads, so must try this. I had Dorothy’s blog as my assignment last month and had a lot of fun picking out a recipe as I’m sure you did!

  8. I love baking with apples and this looks amazing! Will have to try it myself. Great SRC pick!

  9. Looks like a wonderful recipe; I’ll tuck it away for next year’s apple crop 🙂

  10. great pick this month! this reminds me that I really should make quick breads more often. looks lovely.

  11. We stumbled over here by a different web page and thought I should check things out.

    I like what I see so now i am following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page for a second time.

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