January 19th, 2009

apple bread

apple bread 5

i’ll be blunt: it’s freezing outside, and my kitchen doesn’t have heat. suffice to say, it’s not fun. so last sunday afternoon  i was looking for any excuse to turn on the oven, but wanted something quick so i could start preheating immediately. my favorite standby is chocolate chip banana bread, but i had zero bananas. rumaging through the fridge, i discovered 2 granny smith apples in the fruit crisper (yes i have one of those). would it work? maybe, just maybe…

diced apples

this recipe is so simple and perfect, i can’t believe i haven’t made it before.

apple bread 2

remember the apple muffin recipe? and i’ve ready mentioned the banana bread recipe. take those two, subtract 3 bananas, and you can imagine how incredible the house will smell when you take this bread out of the oven, and how satisfying it is to devour with a mug of hot coffee.

apple bread batter

i’m all about recipes that take little time and effort but still taste like your mom slaved over a hot stove in the kitchen all day. and honestly, at about 10 minutes from peeling and cutting apples to putting this bread in the oven, you have no excuse not to make a loaf or two tonight and give one to someone you love (or even just like). what are you waiting for? go now!

apple bread

apple bread
adapted from my favorite banana bread recipe

8 Tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 apples (granny smith work very well)
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4-6 oz chopped walnuts (optional)

1. peel and core the apples. dice into small cubes.

2. soften the butter and mix in the sugar. add in the eggs and and milk and mix completely.

3. combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and add to the wet ingredients. mix in the apples. don’t overmix; just break up any large clumps of flour and get everything moist. lightly mix in the optional walnuts.

4. carefully pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350 F for one hour. remove from oven and let rest in the loaf pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool.

34 Comments for apple bread - why not leave some love?

  1. Amber says:

    While I don’t have the excuse of it being freezing outside here in sunny Australia, I’m definately going to make one of these tonight! It looks delicious 🙂

  2. Gabrielle says:

    I love it over here, I want more people to find you!!! So I gave you an award over at our site. It was given to me, I changed it a little and now I’m passing it on. Thanks for all the great food you make!!

  3. Anne says:

    you have to be generous to bother so much, sharing all your great recipes. i’m an apple lover and definitely going to try this one.especially that it’s so user friendly! i’ll get back to you to give a post baking comment! thanx!

  4. micah says:

    Hey, I just found your site. Good stuff! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only dude in Washington who’s hip to the baking! I’m hoping the GF will let me get the flour flying today while we watch all this presidential stuff! I’ll be a follower for sure! Thanks man!

  5. Teri says:

    I can only imagine that your kitchen must have smelled amazing! Now tell me… this bread has Zero calories, right?

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  7. Doug says:

    Hi Pete!

    The apple bread looks great. And speaking of apples, and due to the fact that we have new neighbors as residents of DC (our new First Family), I wanted to send you a link to Michelle Obama’s recipe for Apple Cobbler:


    I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’d be interested in knowing your thoughts if you decide to bake one. Thanks, Doug

  8. Chris says:

    Great recipes! I used to be a professional baker, and so I have strong feelings about using icky non-food stuff like shortening in breads and crusts. So nice to see someone using traditional simple ingredients.

  9. ZDubb says:

    So, I’ve been trying out all kinds of recipes on this site. I finally made this today. I used 1 cup of yogurt in place of the butter. Maybe I should have only used half a cup. I also added nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and cardamom to the cinnamon; I know – overload. Either way, the bread is cooling now. I’m sure it’s going to be yummy because it smells soooo divine!

  10. Ryan says:

    I gave this recipe a try and it was very good. I baked them as large muffins instead of bread so I could just pull one out and eat for breakfast. I only baked them for about 20 minutes in extra large muffin tins.

  11. Jace says:

    AWESOME Recipe, perfect way to use all those apples I have laying around and make my house smell amazing. I hope it turns out. Normally my dough is a lot more “loose” this was really a strong dough when it went into the pan. Thanks again!

  12. Janine says:

    This was THE best apple bread I’ve ever made or eaten, and I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I will be making the banana bread tomorrow (and maybe another apple bread since I don’t imagine it lasting very long). Thanks for sharing!

  13. Jacquie says:

    I have a TON of apples and have been looking for recipes to use them in all morning. This looks delicious!
    Also, it’s nice to see a recipe that makes one loaf, as I only have one loaf pan and like to bake all at once when I can ^^
    I plan on starting this recipe within the hour!
    Keep up the baking!

  14. DeeDee says:

    Easy to make and bake! Really liked the bread.

  15. Eliz says:

    i stumbled on here looking for an apple bread recipe. while it was in the oven i looked over some of your other recipes, they all seem so delish! i totally agree with you on the kitchen gadget thing you don’t really need them (although my wrists hurt very bad when i have mix by hand for too long or i bake everyday)! anyways, i really enjoyed this recipe, but i think next time i will be adding more cinnamon. all in all a winner in my book.

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  17. Janet McClure says:

    Just about all fruit breads are so much better if you will make the sugar half white and half dark brown. You would not believe the difference it makes in zucchini bread. It adds this subtle richness. Trust me!

  18. Joseph says:

    This recipe can be used to make a Fresh Apple cake using a bundt pan. Its has similar ingredients, no milk use 8 ounces of vegetable oil, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on the bottom and sides of the Bundt pan. I spray the Bundt pan prior to adding the sugar and cinnamon. If you use too much sugar the top and sides of the cake will be hard. I normally you a teaspoon and sprinkle very gingerly to avoid this problem…

  19. Wendy says:

    I just made your apple bread and holy crap…one of the best breads I have ever made. I just looked through your recipes and MUST TRY MOST of them…thank you thank you thank you. Oh and did I say thank you?

  20. Sara says:

    I must join the throng singing the praises of this recipe. SO simple. SO yummy. I woke up on this chilly October morning in NC, and specifically went on a search for an apple bread recipe. The picture you took of your bread showed up in a Google search, and led me here. I’m so glad I found your blog, and I can’t wait to try more of the recipes you’ve posted here.

    Take care! Sara

  21. Janet McClure says:

    I use Fuji apples for their sweetness. I also add one tsp. of vanilla. One easy thing to do is take any zucchini bread recipe and exchange apples for zucchini. Oh, and use half white sugar and half brown sugar and it will rock your socks off! 🙂

  22. Vanessa says:

    just made this and it smells AMAZING! can’t wait to cut into it and try.
    thanks for sharing. glad I found your blog


  23. sarah says:

    any chance you can substitute plain yogurt for the milk in this? would that change much of anything? just want to make this recipe now (immediate gratification, i know) and seem to have all the ingredients except for the milk on hand 🙂

  24. shawn says:

    Just finished baking. I had sliced apples in the freezer we had picked on our property. still have two more bags and now I have something to do with them! This was FABULOUS! I ground up 1/2 a nutmeg and added that. Will be a quick yummy breakfast for the kids!

  25. Aidan1488 says:

    I have something to add to this recipe… change the butter for 8 sp of oil, take another apple and smash it and add it to the oil and sugar and you’ll give it a nice fresh flavor.

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  27. motherof2 says:

    I added vanilla a bit more milk and 2 banannas…..super good.

  28. sharon says:

    I loved this recipe my 10 year old granddaughter suggested caramel apples so I covered the top with hersheys caramel topping marbled it thru then baked had to omit the nuts due to allergies ended up with a delicious caramel Apple bread. It was gone within an hour after it got out of the oven

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  32. Chriss Kuykendall says:

    Very good recipe!
    I didn’t have milk so I added egg not (extra tbsp), was good.

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