You won't find any tricks here today...only treats! Hopefully your costumes are ready and bowls of candy wait by the front door in preparation for tonight's festivities.
I've seriously been craving something baked with apples and cinnamon lately, thanks to the arrival of my very favorite season. Fall, I heart you.
This bread was fabulous. It was perfectly sweet, packed with fresh apples and delightfully cinnamon-y. It's easy to make and will infuse your entire home with delicious wafts of goodness.
I repeat, delicious wafts of goodness, people. :)
It was hard for us to wait until the photos were taken before devouring this loaf. You'll love it, too! The next time I bake this (and there WILL be a next time!) I'm thinking about mixing the apples throughout the batter before it goes into the loaf pan, and then using the technique below to create the cinnamon/sugar swirl. I think the bread would be equally fantastic with apples throughout, instead of just in the middle and on top.
Bon Appetit, my friends.
Apple Cinnamon Bread
Adapted from: The Happier Homemaker
½ cup packed brown sugar
1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅔ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup milk
2 large apples, peeled and finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside. In a stand mixer, combine white sugar and butter until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat on medium speed until combined. Add flour and baking powder, then milk.
Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Cover with half of the apples, patting apples into batter with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with half of the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Pour the remaining batter over the apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Pat topping into the batter with the back of a large spoon.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.