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Apple Cinnamon Bread

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Baking, Quick Breads
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Tart, sweet apples make this Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe moist, dense and delicious. It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert.


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Ingredients

FOR THE MAPLE GLAZED WALNUTS

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

FOR THE CRUMBLE

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple glazed walnuts, cooled and chopped (recipe above)*

FOR THE BREAD

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 3 medium apples*, peeled (grate 1 1/2 cups of apple and chop the rest)

FOR THE ICING (OPTIONAL)

    • 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1 tablespoon milk or heavy cream (plus more if icing is too thick)
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

FOR THE MAPLE GLAZED WALNUTS

  1.  In a small bowl, toss the walnuts with 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and a small pinch of salt. Add them to a dry skillet on medium-high heat. Add the maple syrup and stir to coat the walnuts. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon for 3-4 minutes until the nuts are toasted.
  2. Turn nuts out onto a sheet of parchment paper. Spread the nuts out (they’ll be hot and sticking together, so you’ll want to use two forks to unclump them instead of your hands). Allow nuts to cool and dry for about five minutes and then lightly chop them. 

FOR THE CRUMBLE

  1. Combine the butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and prepared maple walnuts in a bowl butter in a small bowl. Set aside in the fridge to chill while you prepare the batter.

FOR THE BREAD

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Leave excess paper along two sides to make it easier to remove the bread once baked. 
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk to combine the sugar and vegetable oil. (Use a stand or hand mixer or whisk by hand).
  4. Beat the eggs in one at a time followed by the vanilla. Whisk in the sour cream or yogurt followed by the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the grated and chopped apples just until combined. Spread batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle sprinkle the crumble evenly on top of the batter.
  5. Bake for 50- 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Allow cake to cool in pan for ten minutes and then turn it out to cool on a rack. Once completely cool, drizzle with icing if desired.

FOR THE ICING

  1. In a medium sized bowl, sift the powdered sugar. Add the milk and vanilla and use a whisk or spoon to combine.

Notes

*For the apples: McIntosh, Granny Smith, and/or Honey Crisp are recommended. 

**Substitution Options for Maple Candied Walnuts: Use a Different Nut, Skip the Maple Glaze (Just add an additional tablespoon in place of the maple syrup), or substitute the walnuts with an additional 1/4 cup of flour and an extra tablespoon of brown sugar.

 

Keywords: apples, quick bread, apple coffee cake, icing, dessert, breakfast, walnuts, maple