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apple bread

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 [1], 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…

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

remember the apple muffin recipe [2]? and i’ve ready mentioned the banana bread recipe [1]. 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.

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
adapted from my favorite banana bread recipe [1]

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.