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Maple Cider Bread with Salted Maple Butter is fantastic! An easy, oatmeal-topped quick bread is infused with maple syrup and hard cider and topped with oats. Serve with a sweet maple butter and a sprinkle of sea salt.Hi Everyone – Jack here. It’s almost that time of year…the weather is starting to warm up a bit and soon, you’ll see buckets and hoses strapped to maple trees in the woods. They are collecting sap from the trees to make real maple syrup. When it comes to eating and cooking with maple syrup, there’s no substitute for the real thing – and you want to use real maple syrup when you make this Maple Cider Bread with Salted Maple Butter.
How to make Maple Cider BreadThis quick bread recipe is probably one of the easiest I have ever made – and we found the recipe on PAEats.com, a website showcasing Pennsylvania food culture. I made only minor changes to the recipe – using a pure Vermont maple syrup (my apologies to the folks in PA – we’re from New England so had local syrup on hand) and Angry Orchard hard cider. Be sure to note that this Maple Cider Bread has no sugar in it – just the maple syrup and cider – so it’s not an overly-sweet bread at all. There’s a nice, deep, yeasty flavor to the bread and the oatmeal on top is a toasted golden brown. And, once you’ve smeared it with the salty/sweet Salted Maple Butter included below, it’s a perfect bite with your morning coffee!
How to make Salted Maple ButterJust soften some butter, then stir in some maple syrup and a touch of salt – stirring to combine. Slather the Salted Maple Butter on your Maple Cider Bread – then sprinkle on some coarse sea salt. The sweet/salty topping on the bread is fantastic. I love this bread and I think you will too.
What kind of sea salt did we use?The sea salt you see in our photos is a flaked sea salt similar to this one. (Affiliate link.) It naturally forms into little pyramid shapes and the flakes are crunchy, intensely salty and very delicious. You can also use a coarse sea salt like this one. (Affiliate link.) Coarse kosher salt can also be used, but you won’t get the same crunch as when using sea salt. You may enjoy these other quick breads and muffin recipes:
- Best Ever Banana Bread
- Morning Glory Muffins
- Sweetened Condensed Milk Pumpkin Bread
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
- Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt (yes 1 ½ teaspoons is not a typo)
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (do not use the artificial syrup, use only pure maple syrup)
4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
12 ounces hard cider, room temperature (this is carbonated and helps the bread rise, only use carbonated hard cider such as Angry Orchard brand)
¼ cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
Salted Maple Butter
1 stick butter at room temperature (1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Flakes of sea salt for each serving, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place rack in the upper third of the oven.
Liberally spray a standard sized (8.5 x 4.5-inch) loaf pan with pan spray. If you have the baking style pan spray use that, if not, spray then lightly dust inside with flour, shaking out excess.
In a large bowl place all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder and salt and mix to combine.
Add maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of melted butter and the 12 ounces of hard cider.
Stir with a wooden spoon or sturdy rubber spatula until no dry flour is showing.
Scrape into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top even.
Sprinkle on the rolled oats and then drizzle on the remaining tablespoon of melted butter.
Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Ovens vary so check at 35 and 40 minutes. The original recipe recommended 45 minutes and that is exactly how long ours took to bake.
Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes then invert onto a rack to cool further or slice warm.
While the bread is baking, mix softened butter, maple syrup and salt with a whisk until smooth and creamy.
Serve maple butter smeared over each slice and sprinkle on the optional flaked sea salt.
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