We still have so many apples from our recent apple orchard trip. I decided to make some apple bread. It was a tasty, easy and made such a nice little treat for after dinner and in my kids’ lunches that week. It was so yummy that it didn’t require any apple butter or anything else on top. It was cake-like and delicious all on it’s own.
In addition to apple sauce and apple pie, I could literally feel my mouth watering at the thought of apple bread. Truth be told, I love cake, and this was basically cake with apples in it. The apples are tasty little morsels that surprise your taste buds…and I love that.
Here is what you need:
2 apples, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup and 2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1. Grease a loaf pan. I don’t have a true loaf pan *ahem Christmas gift idea* so I use a meatloaf pan without the grease tray. It’s slightly smaller, but it does the job.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Mix 2 teaspoons sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon together and set aside.
4. In stand mixer, combine white sugar, flour, baking powder and butter.
5. Add eggs, milk and vanilla.
6. Mix in brown sugar and cinnamon.
7. Pour half of the mixture into loaf (or in my case meatloaf) pan.
8. Cover mixture with apples. Pat down and pour the second half of the mixture into the pan.
9. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon mixture over the top.
10. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
11. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and remove to cooling racks (which I also don’t own so I use a plate).
This could totally use a little vanilla frosting if you wanted to give it even more sugar, but again, it’s perfect on its own.
As I referenced in my apple orchard post, it was getting a little Forrest-Gump-shrimp-scene, but with apples, up in here. However, this is my last apple recipe post in this series! I’m not usually the baking/cooking/recipe-developing type, but I stepped outside my box to come up with these. Now that I’m thoroughly naked and alone out here, I’m going to give it up for now. You know, until I’m overrun by another fruit or veggie.
My youngest daughter has a field trip next week to…wait for it…the apple orchard, so we may end up with a few more apples. However, I’m perfectly content to lather those in caramel and eat them as a dessert after my kids are in bed. Speaking of which, Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip is amazing and I totally recommend it if you smuggle treats behind your kids’ backs too.
If you have any suggestions for apple treats or your favorite caramel dip, please pass them my way. While it’s still the season, I want to revel in it. Can you blame me?