Apple Mint Bread, there is mint ready to harvest

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Yesterday my plans to make something in the kitchen were changed to spending some time on a drive north, towards Mt Saint Helen and continued along Highway 12 until we almost reached the summit on White Pass before turning around and coming back home. It is such a beautiful area and a grand way to spend the day.

We stopped for a nice lunch at a little cafe in Mossyrock,WA where the sign on the outside said just like home
And it was, the Kameo cafe is housed in a little home storefront. Very small, actually a  one-woman operation. The owner takes your order and then goes to cook your food. I was very hungry and ordered the Cheeseburger and "fries". My order once given was then clarified by the owner as she said: don't serve french fries, I serve home fries".

Honestly, there has NEVER been a fried potato I have not eaten with gusto! Especially a plain boiled potato, sliced with the skin left on, then fried until crispy and golden on the outside, type of fried potato. My response was, "sounds great".  The food was really good, and in just the right amount and we were attended to, just enough without being interrupted.  If we needed anything we were to let her know, but not once were we asked (with a full mouth) how is everything.

A very nice lunch indeed.

But this is my favorite moment while in her little cafe. Across from our table was another table, the couple seated had read the menu and simply ordered. She, a burger with coleslaw and for him, the turkey avocado bacon sandwich with "fries". The owner again explained she did not serve french fries but instead served home fries. He said that was fine, and immediately his wife changed her order from the coleslaw to the home fries. So it is true, everyone loves fried potatoes! It seems that no matter where you go, everyone loves home cooking.

It is time to use the mint from the backyard garden. It is flowering and very beautiful, I have plans for mint jelly, but today this little loaf sounds good.....Minted Apple Bread.

Minted Apple Bread
adapted from Herbal Breads
by Ruth Bass
350-degree oven

1 c flour
1 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 T minced fresh mint - I decided to chiffonade the mint, I love the little stripes in the bread.
1 egg
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1/4 c oil

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients through cinnamon,

In another bowl whisk together all remaining ingredients.

Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care not to over mix.

Divide batter between 2 8X4 or you may use smaller pans and adjust baking time accordingly. Because quick bread freezes well, I decided to double the recipe. I can share some with the family and put a loaf or two in the freezer for later.

Makes 2 regular loaves or 3 smaller loaves.  Bake 35-45 minutes for standard loaves, 25-30 for the small ones, or until tests done in your oven.

Cool in the pans 5 minutes, then tip out onto a cooling rack or tea towel. Wrap well for storage. Like all quick bread, a 24-hour rest improves the texture for slicing.


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