i should be mopping the floor: Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread

Monday, September 7, 2015

Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread

This Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread is a mouthful of fall in every bite.

Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread | A moist and rich sweet bread that tastes just like autumn!
Since today is that whole "unofficial first day of fall" thing, I wanted to kick it off with a bang. And...gulp, something non-pumpkin. I love pumpkin, but this year, I'm doing just a slight bit less of it and trying to add lots of apples and spices, too. 

While down here in Texas, it still feels like swimmin' pool weather, the only thing fall I'm able to really dive into is food. No sweaters or fun boots for us, yet...those will come out around November...if we're lucky. And I have yet to see a mum ready to be planted at the garden center. Just the same ol' 98 degree days we've been having for months now. Bleh.

But this bread certainly turned my lack-of-autumn frown upside down, y'all. I made it over the weekend for our Bible class and it went over great...'errrryone loved it. It was a combination of my favorite sweet bread recipe and my late Aunt Helen's Apple Cake. Check out the recipe below.

Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread | A moist and rich sweet bread that tastes just like autumn!
While I was really wanting to make a bread to kick off fall, I just couldn't quit thinking about my late Aunt Helen's Apple Cake and how perfect it was for this time of the year. However...I wasn't ready to commit to cake. I wanted bread...you know, less committal, right? And bread is gone in a day or two...cake lingers and taunts me with all of its calorie-laden goodness. 


Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread | A moist and rich sweet bread that tastes just like autumn!
My aunt's apple cake was one of those that just tasted like perfection. Fresh Granny Smiths, spices, and nuts combined for that classic autumn awesomeness. I found a few recipes for apple bread and then dragged in all of my aunt's ingredients to make this one my own. It's very moist and the chunks of fresh baked apple are just the perfect touch it needs. The glaze is optional...but was added at the request of my youngest son.

Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread | A moist and rich sweet bread that tastes just like autumn!

Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread:
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  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of clove
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a loaf pan (I used the flour-based baking spray, but you can grease and flour, if you prefer). 
Cream together white sugar and butter, until fluffy and combined. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating just after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until all combined.
Combine flours, baking powder, and salt. Add a little of this to the mix, alternating with milk, a little at a time each, until all is combined. Fold in walnuts.
Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
Spread an even layer of batter into prepared pan (about an inch deep). Sprinkle with half of the apples and half of the brown sugar and spice mixture. Spread rest of batter on top evenly. Cover with the rest of the apples and brown sugar mixture. Bake for 1 hour, or slightly less (depending on doneness). 
Allow to cool slightly then turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling. 
Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk with a whisk until totally combined. For a thicker glaze, use less milk. I like to put my glaze into a zip top baggie and snip the end of it off to pipe the glaze onto the bread. You could also drizzle the glaze onto the bread with a spoon.


Slice and serve. This is a very cake-like bread...best eaten with a fork. ;)


Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread | A moist and rich sweet bread that tastes just like autumn!
It's the perfect recipe to bake your way right into fall...whether or not the weather is actually ready!

Glazed Apple and Walnut Bread | A moist and rich sweet bread that tastes just like autumn!
What do you like to bake during the cooler, crisp months?





7 comments:

  1. It's funny that you mentioned mums. My hubby got me a potted yellow mums for my birthday last month. Even though I watered it and tried to protect it, it sadly has died due to the Texas heat. I can't wait to try your bread. It will help put me in the mood for fall even though its a billion degrees here...lol.

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  2. The apple bread looks REALLY tasty! I'm going to try this recipe for sure, thanks for sharing!
    Pippa, Bournemouth

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  3. Yummy !!!! I love fruit bread and this look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Looks so yummy!!! Pinning fo later! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party!

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  5. Wow, this looks so yummy. Fall reminds me of apples and this just fits in perfectly.
    Bev

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  6. Looks so good Kristi. Found you blog through link party. You have an awesome space.

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  7. This is a delicious 'fall' dessert that everyone will enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. Pinned/shared. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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