Bread Baking Babes practice their A, B, C’s

Apple Bread with Cider & Calvados.

First things first…. What is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?

If you live in the US apple juice is made from pressing apples, then removing all the bits, pasteurizing it and bottling it for long shelf life. It may or may not be sweetened.

Apple cider starts out the same way – but leaves in all the bits, is not pasteurized and has a very short shelf life. It’s available in the fall, usually from local apple producers,

If you live in the rest of the world, apple juice is the same but cider (we don’t bother with the ‘apple’) is a fermented beverage, with carbonation and alcohol content similar to beer. In our supermarkets the cider section is as large and varied as the beer section.

We do not have un-fermented, unpasteurized apple juice.

Calvados is apple brandy made in Normandy. If it’s not made in Normandy, it may be made from apples and it may be delicious, but it’s not Calvados.

Cider, by the way, is the traditional drink to have with savory buckwheat crêpes

On to the bread…..

Kelly, of A Messy Kitchen, our host kitchen for this month, decided to celebrate apple season.

I love apples. I eat one every day from now until spring when the supply starts to dwindle. Mon mari brings home buckets of windfalls, complete with worms, for me to make apple crisp, or toss into the slow cooker

For the bread the apples are cooked, then folded into the dough before baking – but head over to A Messy Kitchen for the recipe and the details for being a Bread Baking Buddy this month.

As to the rest of the Babes…..

Read on to see what they did.

Kelly’s Apple Bread

Elizabeth’s Apple Bread

Cathy’s Apple Bread

Pat’s Apple Bread

Tanna’s Apple Bread

Aparna’s Apple Bread

And that’s it for the Babes in the October….  As usual, we’re busy

And the Babes are:

The Bread Baking Babes

A Messy Kitchen – Kelly
Bake My Day – Karen
blog from OUR kitchen – Elizabeth
Bread Experience – Cathy
Feeding My Enthusiasms – Elle
Judy’s Gross Eats – Judy
Karen’s Kitchen Stories – Karen
My Diverse Kitchen — Aparna
My Kitchen In Half Cups – Tanna
Notitie Van Lien – Lien

And me…. Thyme for Cooking – Katie

10 thoughts on “Bread Baking Babes practice their A, B, C’s”

  1. Some of us didn’t quite finish our A, B, C’s. But when I see the comment above about “Pommeau”, I’m thinking maybe I do need to get some Calvados after all. Because, while locally made cider (as in fizzy, alcoholic) is not nearly as good as French cider, locally made soft cider is really really good. I bet it would be even more thrilling with Calvados added to it.

    Apples really are the best, aren’t they?

    Thank you for this lovely look at all the apple breads. Seeing them here is making me realize that I may neeeeeeeed (knead??) to make more apple bread!

  2. Wow, looking at them all together, you might think it was different recipes! That’s what’s so great about the Babes, everyone having their own take on a recipe. Judy made a loaf that looks like cinnamon apples in the middle. I need to make more!

  3. Again you make us look so good! Oh my that pommeau does sound good but since I couldn’t find calvados I doubt I could find pommeau here either.

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