Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Apple Bread

It's Apple Season!!!! yay! This is by FAR my favorite time of year...crisp air, cornstalks, apple cider, pumpkins, red leaves...ahhh. I just love it.

Last weekend the husband and I went apple picking at the local orchard, and came home with three huge bags of apples, so of course I had to find a great new recipe to use with them! My husband has been requesting a nice bread, so I decided on apple bread.

And I'm very glad I did. This recipe went above and beyond my expectations. Seriously. It's spicy, sweet, moist, soft...it's just perfectly amazing and am already planning on making a second batch. I made a bunch of mini-loaves and individually wrapped them. I have to say, I think these would be perfect favors for any autumn party, shower, or wedding. I urge you to make this bread with your freshly picked apples - you'll be so glad you did!

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

3 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Allspice (I added this)
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed (I added this)
2 Eggs, Beaten
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
2 cups apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped (I used 2 Cortland Apples)
1 cup broken walnuts (I omitted)
2-3 tbsp apple cider (optional)

In bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl, place oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and apples. Stir into flour mixture. Add walnuts and mix (if using). Here, my batter ended up being quite dry so I added in a few tablespoons of apple cider, but I suppose if your batter is at the right consistency, you could leave it out. Divide mixture between two greased 8-in. x 4-in. bread pans (I used mini loaf pans). Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes (mine were done in 25-30 minutes because I used the mini pans) or until bread test done. Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack before removing from pan.


Lois B said...

Sounds fantastic; I really like the idea of using brown sugar.

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a fantastic apple desert. I have 3 apple trees in my back yard and loads of apples this year, so I am looking for some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this one.
*kisses* HH

Shaz said...

does the skewer test can be applied here in order to know the doneness of the bread?

Kristen616 said...

Shaz - absolutely! I used a toothpick to determine when to pull out the bread which worked great! :)

Shaz said...

thanks for the reassurance :D
I'm gonna make it tonight for tomorrow's breakfast!

bonanzao said...

Made this tonight--veganized it and added curry in place of the all spice--delicious!

Anonymous said...

Delicious recipe! I cut the sugars in half, added a cup of cinnamon chips, and shredded the apples. Wonderful bread.

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Anonymous said...

If you use fresh, sweet apples all that sugar is completely unnecessary. Brown sugar is not healthy, it is even more processed than white sugar. You can substitute the oil for apple sauce and cut out the fat, too. I like to try out new recipes, but I think I will be cutting the sugar in this one down to a half cup of raw cane, adding a dollop of real Vermont maple syrup, using our homemade applesauce and forgoing all-purpose flour for unbleached white whole wheat. I may even add a half cup of oats.

pixie said...

Making this with my kids today! We cut out a quarter of the sugar for the first batch of mini loaves, and used cane instead of white, + wheat flour instead of white. Next up will be the gluten-free version! Thank you!

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