What's Cooking Wednesday: Apple Bread
October 12, 2016
I like easy recipes. Unfortunately, when someone mentions “homemade bread,” easy is NOT the first word that usually comes to mind. Alert: this is not a trick. If you like apples and you like bread, this recipe will become a staple! It’s quick, does not require any special ingredients (that is never in the cupboard when you need it) and yummy. It’s bread and who doesn’t love bread?
When my husband and I started dating more than 10 years ago, several locals asked me if I had tried his Mom’s apple bread. I casually replied, “Um, no. Should I?” Of course the answer was always YES. I had no idea. I grew up learning from a handful of the best bakers this side of the Mississippi, but to my knowledge they had never made apple bread. Apple cake, yes. Apple dumplings, sure. Applesauce, occasionally. Apple salad, most definitely. She was well known in the whole county for this recipe and it didn’t take long for me to understand why. Deliciousness! I also realized that my future husband had a major sweet tooth for the apple bread batter (I will let you find out for yourself)!
So here’s the scoop:
The most crucial step is selecting an apple variety that is appropriate for baking. There are several and if I told you I always use the same variety, I’d be lying. Jonathan, JonaGold and JonaRed are my go to varieties, but there are many others that are just as good for baking purposes. Also, don’t hesitate mixing varieties within the same recipe. If they are good for baking, the bread will turn out delicious anyway. I purchase the majority of my apples (in season) from Camp’s Orchard because it right around the corner from my house! The local grocery store often has “local” apples that are grown somewhere in the state or region. Those will be just fine for this as well. Don’t be scared.
The rest is pretty simple and WAY easier than what you may think when it comes to bread recipes. Other ingredients include vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla. And I cannot forget the sugar sprinkled on top of the batter before baking. I usually let it cool for about an hour and then take it out of the pan to cut up. The best part about this recipes is that it yields two loaves of bread!
I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does.
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3-4 cups apples, chopped
- Sugar to sprinkle on top
- Mix oil, eggs and sugar together well.
- Add flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and vanilla and mix well.
- Gently stir in chopped apples. Divide into two loaf pans.
- Sprinkle sugar on top of each. Bake at 325 for 1 hour.
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