This has been a busy time for us. David will be leaving on his motorcycle ride to Alaska at the end of the month. I will be flying to Anchorage on June 9th to ride along with him. He has been outfitting the bike for the last few months, so we decided that we needed to take a test ride to see if all of our gear and the two of us would fit. We went with our riding friends Ron and Jackie on a weekend trip along The Blue Ridge Parkway. I think we have worked out most of the kinks. It’s the human kinks we can’t work out. It’s a shame that we can’t also give ourselves younger bodies that would allow us to get on and off the bike with ease and allow us to ride for hours without aches and pains. I am also trying to figure out how to pack everything I will need in two soft saddle bags. I will be away for three weeks. It’s not easy even though we are shipping my riding gear and helmet to our first hotel in Anchorage.
We spent the night at a quaint inn just off the parkway in Little Switzerland. The Alpine Inn is run by Susan and Ron. Susan serves a delightful light breakfast in the morning. She makes many varieties of sweet breads and she shared this apple bread recipe with me. Each room at the inn has a panoramic view of the mountains from it’s balcony. Breathtaking.
I baked this apple bread once already. It is in the oven again. The first time I made it, it did not cook enough and the middle was still soft. The recipe says to cook it for 45 minutes but mine took 1 hour. Be sure to test the center with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean. The flavor of the bread is wonderful. That is why I am making it again. Tomorrow I am having a brunch for a visiting blogger, Jane of Blondies Journal and my good buddy Penny from The Comforts of Home. Jane and her husband are vacationing in Asheville. Yesterday Penny (who lives in Asheville) and I had lunch with Jane at a restaurant in the downtown area. It is always so much fun to put a face and personality to the wonderful bloggers that you love to read. Since Jane and her husband have a summer place on a lake in Michigan, I thought it would be fun to show them Lake Lure. We will all have brunch and then go for a boat ride around the lake. Here we are at lunch yesterday.
I will try to take more pictures tomorrow. But in the meantime, you can enjoy this bread along with us.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups self rising flour
1/8 cup buttermilk
2 cups chopped apples
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter a loaf pan. Cream sugar and butter until smooth. Add other ingredients except apples. Mix well. Fold in apples. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.