Somehow my husband made it through the first 24 years of his life without going apple picking. At least, that’s what he tells me. I can’t imagine a fall without apple picking, so last weekend we had our first (but definitely not last!) apple picking date. Now I’m in the midst of brainstorming all the apple recipes I can because we picked way more apples than we need! This recipe is one of my favorites. What is with me and baking lately? Anyway, if you also picked way more apples than you need, remember: you can freeze this bread after you’ve baked it and defrost it later when you’re craving apples again!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp. vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. milk
- 1 3/4 cups apples
- 1/2 cup nuts I prefer walnuts
- 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Cream butter and sugar using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Add the eggs to the mixture and beat well.
- Peel, pare and chop apples until you have 1 3/4 cups (I used 1 large Golden Delicious, but use as many of any kind of apple as it takes)
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
- Mix vinegar and milk in another bowl. The mixture will curdle a bit! Don't worry, it's supposed to. If you have buttermilk on hand, you can use that instead.
- Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar alternately with the milk mixture. Start and end with the dry ingredients. (In other words, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Mix. Add 1/2 the milk mixture. Mix. Add another 1/3 of the dry ingredients. Mix. Add the rest of the milk mixture. Mix. Add the last of the dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined.)
- Stir in apples and nuts and combine with a spoon or spatula, not your mixer.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
- Create the topping by combining the flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter (melted)
- Spread the topping over the batter (it doesn't have to be perfect!)
- Bake at 350° for about 1 hour, or until cooked through.