I was actually pretty sick of baking after Christmas, I kind of went cRaZy and baked 12 days worth of Christmas goodies. It kind of makes you not want to look at flour, sugar, or butter for a little while. But as I predicted I am now super sick of all this healthy eating business. It’s everywhere. Everyone is behaving themselves, and there’s no desert anywhere, it’s just no fun! Are you tired of your New Years resolutions yet? (Healthy eating resolutions or otherwise?)
I’ve been behaving myself and working off those Christmas cookie pounds. I mean I really do want to loose some weight and keep eating healthier. But I feel like I’m ready for some balance in my diet (aka. bring back some desert please!). The Halloween to New Years period is a major yo-yo period for a lot people in the diet department. Way too much food, way too much candy and way too many baked goods from about Halloween to Christmas. After Christmas we start our diets or detox or whatever and get all that crazy excess sugar/fat out of our systems, but we often get a little zealous and cut out all sweets or carbs of all sorts… I hate to admit it but I tend to follow that pattern. I know that ideally I need to achieve balance. Mostly healthy foods, a little bit of a treat here and there, year round. But oh my its hard!
Today’s recipe came about because I seriously needed to do some baking. This isn’t a super sweet over the top type desert, more of a breakfast bread, but it totally did the job for me. I have to admit this apple pecan (bread) braid is so tasty it’s going to be hard to do the balance thing and have a reasonable portion. This yeasty bread’s texture is a cross between a doughy cinnamon roll, and a fluffier airy bread. Amazing! (Picture a sing song voice when you read that.) The secret ingredient is potato flakes, I know weird, but don’t doubt me, it really makes for the perfect texture. Grated apple almost melts into the bread when cooked. And cinnamon with pecans tops it off. Plus the technique for putting the bread together creates a pretty fluttery effect through the braid. Pretty+tasty+sick of diet= make apple pecan braid now!Print