GREEK APPLE BREAD – MILÓPITA

GREEK APPLE CAKE - MILÓPITA

It’s hard to believe that such a long time has passed since my last blog post. And SO much has transpired in our life since then. But I finally feel like I am in a place to share here once again. The predominant concern of the last 2+ years of our life has been my mother-in-law, who has dementia. And while it was a deeply difficult journey, I am so grateful to report that she is *finally receiving the care that she needs and deserves. I had the chance yesterday to see her for the first time since she moved into her care home. Thankfully, she still remembered me even after not seeing each other for over 6 weeks. I brought her a piece of this Greek apple breadmilópita. And as I watched her thoroughly enjoy each bite, down to the last crumb, my heart was truly full.

a humble homegrown apple harvest | ful-filled
golden delicious & granny smith apples

This isn’t the first time that I have shared a recipe for Greek apple bread. Also known as milópita, this apple-filled baked good is something my mother-in-law used to make quite often. As I wrote in my original milópita post, this is our least favorite baked good that my mother-in-law used to make. The recipe itself wasn’t horrible. It was her execution that lacked in the care necessary to yield a desirable end result. When I originally told my hubby that I was going to make Greek apple bread he begged me not to. That is how much he disliked it. But once he tasted my re-imagined recipe he was converted into a milópita lover!

KEYS TO THE PERFECT GREEK APPLE BREAD:

  • APPLES THREE WAYS: This is the most crucial element of Greek apple bread – milópita. In order to achieve the maximum apple flavor and the most intriguing blend of textures, the recipe must include finely chopped, grated, and sliced apples.
  • SPICE IS NICE: There are a ton of recipes for apple bread or cake on the internet. One of the keys that sets Greek apple bread apart is the spices. A good amount of cinnamon, a touch of allspice & a smidge of cardamom makes for a beautifully aromatic result. *Added bonus: your house will smell incredible while this bakes.
  • MILD GREEK OLIVE OIL in baked goods is truly SO delicious. You don’t want to use olive oil that is peppery or acidic, use a nice buttery extra virgin olive oil, which is most common in Greece. It will yield a super moist crumb with a lovely aroma that compliments the apples perfectly.
Greek apple bread in the making
Chock full of apples and fragranced with a beautiful blend of spices, this Greek apple bread - milópita is the perfect fall bake.

A GREEK APPLE BREAD WORTH POSTING ABOUT AGAIN…

You may be wondering why I would share a second recipe for Greek apple bread here on Ful-filled. The simple reason is that I wanted to experiment with adapting my original milópita recipe into a loaf pan, similar to how sweet cake-like breads are typically prepared in America. And I could not be happier with the result. It’s interesting how you can experience the same ingredients differently solely based on the shape of the pan. Do we prefer one more than the other? I wouldn’t say so, I think it just depends on your mood as to which shape you choose for your Greek apple bread – milópita. One thing I love about the loaf pan version is that the topping gets a bit crisper due to the longer baking time.

This Greek apple bread – milópita is incredibly moist thanks to all of the apple and olive oil. It is full of warm spices that are synonymous with this time of year. It’s a truly special recipe, if not for its flavor & texture, but for the fact that it was redeemed from being the outcast of Greek desserts for our household. Another added bonus: it is dairy-free and easily made vegan by using ground flaxseed in place of an egg. I truly hope you add this Greek apple bread to your baking roster this fall 🖤

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  • Lori September 30, 2021, 8:05 am

    Oh Bella this Greek apple bread sounds like pure heaven. I will definitely be trying it soon. Thank you for sharing this magic with the loaf pan idea & I am envisioning making it to share with others.

    It makes my heart so happy that your MIL is finally getting the care she deserves.

    Love to you ❤️

    • bella | ful-filled September 30, 2021, 8:32 am

      Oh Lori, your love and support mean the world to me! I cannot wait for you to try it! I bet you could do it with your baking pears since you have so many! Just make sure they are on the firmer side :) And thank you for sharing in our relief about my mother-in-law. Love you!

  • Lori September 30, 2021, 8:07 am

    This sounds like it encapsulates everything I love about Fall. I love the idea of the loaf pan and I can see myself gifting these to neighbors and friends. Thank you so much for sharing this, plus so happy to hear that your MIL is getting the care she needs. ❤️

    • bella | ful-filled September 30, 2021, 8:30 am

      YAY! You are so right about the loaf pan bread being easier to gift to friends and neighbors! Thank you for commenting, we are SO grateful that she is finally safe, sound & cared for.

  • Brian Hart Hoffman September 30, 2021, 8:16 am

    Yum!!!!!!!!! I just added this to my apple baking list for the weekend!!!!!!

    • bella | ful-filled September 30, 2021, 8:29 am

      I am SO honored Brian! I cannot wait to hear what you think :)

  • Carolyn Jensen September 30, 2021, 8:16 am

    I can’t wait to make this Bella! I’m on a looooong road trip, returning home mid-October. I’m afraid I’m headed down the same road with my MIL. Glad you found good care for her.

    • bella | ful-filled September 30, 2021, 8:29 am

      Oh wow! I hope you have a great trip! And I am so sorry about your MIL, I am always here for you if you need someone to talk to…dementia is a devastating disease, but it really is so helpful to connect with people who have walked the road before you. And yes, we are so relieved that she is finally in the right people’s hands <3

  • Monique October 10, 2021, 2:22 pm

    Hello Bella, I had to try this! Unfortunately I have many intolerances but I wanted to try it so badly so I did ‘veganize’ it with your flax egg and made it Gluten-free otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to eat it. It is SUBLIME. Absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for yet another treasure. (I can’t imagine how good this must be just as is. Maybe one day I can)
    On a personal note: so happy things are working for your dear mother in law and yourselves!

    • bella | ful-filled October 10, 2021, 8:03 pm

      There’s nothing unfortunate about your substitutions whatsoever! I actually make it with flax egg more than I do with regular egg! And I have tested it with gluten free flour more than once, so I know the cake turns out just fine! I am SO honored that you made my recipe Monique and I am just over the monn that you loved it so much. And thank you so so much for being happy for us…it feels so good to have the heavy weight of that burden to have lifted.

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