Cinnamon Swirl Apple Walnut Bread & Fall Pleasures
I just love everything about Fall. The falling of the leaves, until I have to rake them all up, all 14 garbage bag fulls. I love baking with cinnamon and apples and drinking hot spiced tea.
Sometimes though the oncoming of Fall and the cloudy skies don’t make me the happiest camper. I guess the last year spent in the Pacific Northwest really did a number on me with the constant rainfall and too much snow in the winter. We looked at each other one day and decided it just wasn’t for us. So, clouds, clouds, go away and don’t ever come this way again!
One of the first things I did the second Fall rolled around the corner here in Texas was to bake a sweet-smelling, moist and delicious apple cinnamon coffee cake to have with our coffee.
I spotted the recipe today on Every Day Made Fresh blog HERE, added some chopped walnuts to the recipe, as suggested, and it’s a keeper!
It’s moist and filled with lots of yummy cinnamon and apple pie tasting goodness. It’s also very easy to make with things you probably have on hand. I got home today and realized I had no brown sugar, and I didn’t have any molasses to add to granulated sugar to make any.
SO I added about 1 Tablespoon of honey and a drizzle of pure maple syrup to the granulated sugar and mixed it up well. It was the same consistency as brown sugar and tasted the same, maybe even better.
Here’s the recipe, and a big Texas “Thank You” to everydaymadefresh.com for the recipe.
Enjoy Fall and every single wonder it has to offer.
- 1 large apple, peeled and chopped small
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl, set aside.
- In a large bowl attached to a stand mixer, cream the butter for two full minutes. Add the sugar, and cream together for two more minutes.
- Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and milk. Beat until just combined. I like to mix with a rubber spatula to keep from beating the batter to much.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. The batter is thick, so you may have to use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly in the pan. Sprinkle half of the chopped apples, and using your fingers or the spatula, press them into the batter. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Pour the remaining batter on top, and repeat the same procedure from above with the apples and cinnamon sugar mix. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a skewer (or knife) inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan before removing to a cooling rack.
- I added 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the sugar-cinnamon mixture