The best loaf in town!
There’s something special about a warm slice of delicious apple loaf smeared with a dollop of butter on a crisp autumn day. Use this recipe to make the perfect comfort treat. Enjoy with a friend over a hot cup of tea, or as a breakfast treat. As the seasons change and the cold weather starts blowing, you’ll appreciate this home-cooked delight.
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Ingredients for one loaf:
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (See Recipe Notes)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (See Recipe Notes)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) crème fraîche
- 3 tablespoons apple brandy, such as Apple Jack or Calvados
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
- 3 apples, peeled, cored and diced (See Recipe Notes)
- 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.
- Place the butter in a medium skillet and melt over medium heat. Continue cooking, swirling occasionally to prevent burning, until the butter is bubbling and golden brown with a nutty aroma. Combine the butter in a large mixing bowl with the sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Whisk to combine.
- Add the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Follow with the crème fraîche, apple brandy, vanilla, apples, and pecans; the batter will be very thick.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake loaf for 1 hour. Allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes before removing from loaf to pan.
- Crème fraîche can be substituted with sour cream, buttermilk, dairy free alternatives, or plain yogurt.
- Use a mix of tart and sweet apples. Need help making your selection? Check out the apple varieties
Hungry for more? Check out our recipe for an unforgettable apple crisp!
Apple loaf recipe originally from Nealey Dozier at kitchn