We are tired today. We spent Sunday helping our best friends from our home town move into their new place right down the street from us. (Yay!) Thankfully, it did not pour down rain all day as predicted. There were a couple of light showers off and on and that was it! There was plenty of good help and things went fast and smooth. Awesome.
In order to make their day easier, I fixed brunch for everyone. We had Chinese Eggs, fruit salad, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown potatoes fried with onions, Amish cinnamon bread and this wonderful apple praline bread. (You can find several of these recipes on my blog.) I had never made this recipe before, but had pinned it to my Pinterest board for a future "must try." Apples are starting to come in now and I had some fresh from the Farmer's Market so I gave the recipe a try. Yes, it is a keeper.
It is soooooooo good. The only thing I would add to the recipe is some cinnamon - mainly because I like the taste of cinnamon and it goes quite nicely with apples, but it is not necessary. Here is what you need to make this super yummy bread:
1 cup sour cream
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups peeled apples, finely chopped
1 cup nuts - walnuts or pecans, chopped
*Optional, 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan. Set aside.
Use an electric mixer to mix sour cream and brown sugar until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add flour and baking powder. Add apples* and nuts. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour until brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (My oven bakes right to temp and it took 1.5 hours for this bread to bake. Just a little FYI so you don't panic if it's not done at 1 hour.)
After the bread cools, remove from pan and make the praline sauce by putting the butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until it bubbles for about 1 minute. Remove from stove and add nuts. Pour over cooled loaf of apple bread. Try not to eat it all at once.
* Be sure and drain any liquid from the chopped apples before adding to the bread.
Things to Remember:
I can't tell you enough about cinnamon. Cinnamon is an awesome spice to use and it goes great with something like apples in the morning, or in a mixture of fruit, or in your oatmeal, or even in your cereal. Emeril Lagasse
- or in your apple praline bread! It would kick it up a notch for sure. donna