In my college dorm, little could win friends or elicit envy quite like a care package. I was fortunate to be friends with a few generous girls whose mothers were prolific bakers, which is how today’s Apple Bread recipe came into my life. Packed to the max with cinnamon, walnuts, and juicy apple hunks, this apple bread makes quite the impression. I can still remember my first slice—and the four slices that followed.
My first slice of apple bread was in my friend Elisabeth’s dorm room during our sophomore year. Her mom mailed her a particularly large care package that included not one but two loaves of apple bread, and Elisabeth graciously offered me a piece. I was immediately hooked.
- 2 cups tart apples — cored, peeled, and 1/2-inch diced, such as Cortland or Granny Smith (about 2 medium)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat white flour — or whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons milk — any kind you like (I used skim)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup walnut halves — toasted and roughly chopped
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly coat a 8x4-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the white whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, canola oil, milk, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredient all at once. Mix in by hand just until combined. The batter was looking be very thick and stiff. Fold in the apples and walnuts. The batter will be very chunky.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan oaf pan. With the back of a rubber spatula, press and smooth the top so it is mostly flat. Bake for 30 minutes, loosely tent with foil, then bake for 15-20 additional minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy warm, at room temperature, and/or smeared with butter, peanut butter, or almond butter.
Nutrition InformationAmount per serving (1 slice) — Calories: 245, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 285mg, Carbohydrates: 39g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 18g, Protein: 5g
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