Thursday, June 17, 2010

Apple Pie Bread

A week or so ago, I found this recipe on the Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms blog and decided I was going to make it for Sweet Treat Tuesday. It looked easy and sounded delicious. Well, it was just that, easy and delicious. I made it last week and brought some to a friend who had invited us over for a play date. Instead of making one big loaf, I made 4 mini loaves. I'm the kind of gal that likes the crusty outside part of bread, so mini loaves are what I tend to make when making quick breads. My boys also love it, which in my book is always a winner!

Apple Pie Bread
from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup 1% milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded apples (I peeled mine.)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons cold butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 5 bread pan or 4 mini loaf pans with nonstick spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and apples and mix on low speed until smooth. I used my shredder attachment on my mixer to shred the apples. They were pretty mushy, but since it's getting baked into a bread, I don't think it matters.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients to the apple mixture on low speed until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon on low speed. With the mixer on low speed, add little pieces of the butter and mix until blended. Add the walnuts and stir well. Sprinkle the streusel over the bread batter evenly.

Bake for 60 - 70 minutes for large loaf and 30-35 minutes for mini loaves (until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Let stand for 10 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

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