I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, fall is my absolute favorite season. The air turns crisp, sidewalks are painted with the fiery red, burnt orange and golden yellow of fallen leaves and it leads right into the holiday season. Every time I walk out of our house, I am reminded how much I love our neighborhood and how thankful I am we ended up there! Although I generally am more excited by savory foods, fall brings out the baker in me and I want to make all of the breads, cupcakes, cookies, etc.
Last weekend while I put finishing touches on the fall accents around our house, Dave tested his fog machines for Halloween and I did a little test of my own – this apple spice bread recipe! Usually I am a pumpkin or banana loaf fan, but we had so many apples from Wegman’s and our Washington’s Green Grocer box that I needed a way to use them up. Recently I had seen an apple cider cupcake recipe on Eat, Live, Run and felt inspired to try something different.
Apple Spice Bread
Yields 1 loaf
*modified from Food.com
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Crisco
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 apples, pealed and diced (I used the ginger spice apples from Wegman’s)
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line bread loaf pan.
Measure and prep all ingredients. I pealed and cored my apples then placed them in a food processor.
Mix together brown sugar and wet ingredients (Crisco, eggs, vanilla). When combined, add apples and dry ingredients (flour, allspice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nuts). In a separate bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
Pour ingredients into bread loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon-sugar mix.
Place pan in the oven and bake loaf for about an hour, depending on your oven. Remove from the oven and test with a toothpick – if it comes out clean then you’re finished. Enjoy!