Thelma is a former field editor for Taste of Home magazine and has a huge collection of recipes submitted to her from cooks across the USA.
Bake Apple Bread on a Cold Winter Day
I love to bake on a cold, snowy day! It not only makes your home smell cozy and inviting, but the heat from the oven helps your heating system keep you warm and toasty. When finished baking, turn off the oven and leave the door open so all of that warmth can escape into your kitchen. Since today was one of those snowy mountain days that makes you want to stay inside, I decided to bake some apple bread using a recipe that one of my readers sent to me.
I altered it a little by substituting Splenda for the regular brown sugar and for the granulated sugar. I almost always use Splenda when baking, and I usually have good results with it. If you don't care for artificial sweeteners, you can always use regular sugars, as the recipe shows below. I also used Fuji apples that were plentiful at my grocery store, and the flavor of the apples were perfect for this recipe.
The original recipe also included a milk glaze that I opted not to use. I served my apple bread warm with butter on it instead. However, the glaze is very simple to make. You just mix together 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1 to 3 tablespoons of milk. The amount of milk you use depends on the thickness of the glaze you desire. Just mix it up, and drizzle over the top of the bread after it has cooled for about 15 minutes. With or without the glaze, the bread is very moist and tasty.
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 apples, peeled and chopped
Step by Step Instructions
- Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a mixer bowl, beat white sugar and softened butter together with an electric mixer until it is creamy
- Add eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture. Mix in well
- Combine flour and baking powder together well then add to the batter in the mixer bowl.
- Add milk to the mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
- Put 1/2 of the batter into the loaf pan; add half the apples and half of the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly press the apples down into the batter.
- Pour the remaining batter into the loaf pan; add rest of apples and top with brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Press down into the batter
- Using a butter knife, swirl the brown sugar cinnamon down into the batter.
- Bake for 55 minutes then check to be sure done by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf and seeing if it comes out clean.
- Cool on a rack while still in the loaf pan for about 15 minutes. If you are adding the glaze as noted above, drizzle it over the loaf at this point.
Nuts are Optional in this Recipe
Some people are allergic to nuts. If that is not the case in your family, chopped walnuts are an excellent addition to this apple bread recipe. Just include them at the same time you are adding the apples. If you are baking for a gift for someone else, be cautious about adding nuts if you don't know if they have allergies caused by eating them.
Changes I Will Make Next Time I Bake This Bread
I think this recipe turned out perfectly as stated here. However, I guess cooks are always thinking about what if I added this or that! Next time I prepare this apple bread, I will add some golden raisins. I think that will make it even better!
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Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on January 24, 2016:
Thanks peachpurple. Yes, check again as there is baking powder listed under the ingredients. I just ate a piece of this with lunch! yummy
peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 23, 2016:
no need any baking powder or yeast for raising the bread?