If we were to pick the star of 2020 thus far, it would be banana bread, the official treat of quarantine. The past few months, it seems as though everyone has been mashing bananas and baking them into bread. But like all trends, the banana bread craze has been dying down, so the question is: What's next?
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Though Google reports that there has been an increase in searches for zucchini bread, we feel like that isn't a contender. It doesn't have the same level of ease as banana bread — you need to grate several cups of zucchini to make the bread — and it doesn't exactly scream "fall."
Another popular search term is "cloud bread." Specifically, the fluffy, colorful bread that's trending on TikTok. Made with egg whites, sugar, cornstarch, and an optional food coloring, this is not the same as keto-friendly cloud bread, and unfortunately, we also feel like it's not a contender for banana bread's replacement. Why? Because apparently, it doesn't taste like anything, and we can't have that for fall.
So, what do we think the next bread trend will be? After considering what makes banana bread so appealing — it's a classic, easy, versatile recipe — we're going to name apple bread as the "banana bread of the fall." Like bananas, apples are easy to come by and they can be complemented by many different ingredients: spices, nuts, sugars, and even cheeses. Apple bread is also just as easy to make.
If you're interested in whipping up some apple bread this autumn season, these recipes can serve as inspiration:
Little Kitchen Big World Salted Caramel Apple Monkey Bread
Combining monkey bread with apples and salted caramel is a truly genius idea. It's like monkey bread, apple pie, and caramel apples all in one delicious dessert.
Butter With a Side of Bread Dutch Apple Bread
This apple bread is topped with a cinnamon streusel and a warm vanilla glaze. Need we say anything more?
A Cozy Kitchen Apple Cider Cheddar Bread
If you'd like to try a savory twist on apple bread, this A Cozy Kitchen recipe is the one for you. Featuring hard apple cider and cheddar, this particular apple bread feels like the fall-friendly version of beer bread.
Erhardts Eat Apple Cinnamon Bread
If you're looking for a straightforward apple bread recipe, this is it. We can only imagine how good the entire house will smell while this beauty is baking.
Muy Bueno Cooking Chocolate Applesauce Bread
We love this chocolate-y version of apple bread. It's made even better by the fact that Muy Bueno Cooking tops it with a bourbon glaze.