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Apple Spice Bread

We were going to dinner at my parents’ and I wanted to bring something for dessert.  Unfortunately, we were running late as usual, so I needed to do something quick!  I opted for a Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix combined with our Spiced Apple Sauvignon Blanc.  It came out moist and delicious, and smelled fantastic!  When I am not pressed for time, I like to make everything from scratch, so that’s the recipe I am posting here.  Hope you enjoy!

Apple Spice Bread


3/4 c. sugar

Apple Spice Bread

Apple Spice Bread

1/2 c. Spiced Apple Sauvignon Blanc wine jelly

1 c. + 2 Tbs. all purpose flour

1/2 c. plain yogurt (or sour cream)

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour one loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar, jelly, yogurt, eggs and vanilla.

3. In another large bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients.

4. Fold dry ingredients into creamed mixture.  Take care not to mix too much or your bread will end up tough.

5.  Pour into loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Try not to open the oven until you are pretty sure it is finished, otherwise the middle of your loaf will fall!

6. Cool in pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes, then remove from pan.

7. Enjoy!  Try not to eat it all at once!

TIP:  You can wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and freeze them for later.  Just pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and enjoy a slice in the morning with your coffee!


Cream Cheese Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies


1/2 c. butter (1 stick)

2/3 c. sugar

1/2 c. cream cheese

2 c. flour

Wine jelly flavor of your choice

Preheat oven to 350.  Cream together butter, sugar and cream cheese.  Mix in flour, stir until completely blended together.  Roll into 1-1.5 inch balls and

Thumbprint cookies

Ready for the oven!

place on greased cookie sheet.  Press your thumb down in the middle of each ball to flatten it and leave a little pocket for the jelly.  Fill each cookie with the wine jelly of your choice and place in oven for 14-18 minutes.

Note-If you don’t put enough jelly, it will all be gone before the cookies are done.  I would suggest around 1/4-1/2 tsp for each cookie.  I also use a 1 oz. scoop for mine so that I don’t have to try and make each ball the same size, makes things MUCH easier!

I used 5 different jellies with this last batch: Red Pepper Chardonnay, Pomegranate Moscato, Dark Chocolate Cabernet, Merlot and White Zinfandel.  They were all tasty, although the Dark Chocolate Cabernet was definitely my favorite.  Since it has such a rich wine taste, it tasted like a little chocolate wine cookie.  Absolutely delicious!  The Red Pepper Chardonnay

Wine Jelly Thumbprint Cookies

The finished product! Yummy!

was much better than I expected, it has a nice sweet taste and then a tiny bit of spice at the end.  Reminds me of pastries that have black pepper in them.

Try it out for yourself, if you don’t have any of our delicious wine jelly then you need to visit us at the farmers’ market and pick some up!  But until then, feel free to try this out and substitute whatever jellies you may have at home.

Makes 35-40 cookies, great for parties!


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