Homemade apple bread is a great way to use ripened apples. This simple recipe has been in our family for generations. It makes use of common ingredients and is a nice afternoon snack or breakfast.
Apple desserts are American favorites! Cobblers, pies, cakes, dumplings, parfaits, crisps, bars, and many others have topped our favorites list. The spices that accompany these tasty treats create the cozy feeling of grandma’s kitchen.
5 Fun Apple Facts:
- President Abraham Lincoln was a lover of apples. He often ate one at lunch time with his meal.
- Apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan.
- 2. 2,500 different apple varieties are grown in the United States.
- Apples serve as powerful antioxidants and are a good source of fiber. Two-thirds of the fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel.
- Most apple trees take 5 years to yield their first fruit.
This recipe was made into mini-loaves, but can be used to make one full regular sized loaf. The benefit of the mini-loaf pan is that is cuts the baking time down dramatically. I use these when I am baking for a group so that it is easier to just pick one up instead of having to cut a slice.
Hope you enjoy this one as much as we have! If you happen to give it a try, drop me a line or comment and let me know what you thought!
Great Grandma’s Apple Bread
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 large apples
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour baking pans. I used 8 mini-loaf pans for this but you can also use one regular sized loaf pan.
- Cut apples into small pieces. in a small bowl, add 1/4 cup brown sugar and lemon juice to fruit. Set aside.
- In an electric mixer, beat softened butter and remaining sugars until creamy. Add eggs one at a time and extract. Mix until well blended.
- Add flour, baking powder, and milk to butter mixture. Mix until just combined and smooth. Do not over mix.
- If using mini-loaf pans, place 2 tablespoons of bread mixture into pans. Add 1-2 tablespoons of cut apple mixture, and top with another 2 tablespoons of the bread mixture.
- If using one loaf pan, take half of bread mixture and add to pan. Add all of apple mixture in the middle and top with the rest of the bread mixture. Either way, you will have the gooey apple goodness in the middle of them.
- Gently swirl combined mixtures with butter knife slightly. Do not press them to far into the batter or they will sink to the bottom and stick to the pan.
- Optional: Top bread batter with another tablespoon of brown sugar and granulated sugar before baking to create a crystallized top.
- Bake for 15 minutes in the mini-loaf pans or 30 minutes in the single loaf pan. Bread is done when toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!