This is less sweet than most dessert breads, and can be made with pecans or other nuts if you like. It's good on its own and great with a little vanilla ice cream.
- 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- a shake of salt
- 1 large or 1-1/2 small tart apples, chopped (You eat the other half, that's what!)
- 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
Prehead the oven to 375° and lightly grease a small loaf pan. (Five by nine is about right.)
Shake the eggs vigorously in a jar until they're uniformly mixed. Stir eggs, milk, and vanilla together in a small bowl. and set aside.
Melt the butter and set it aside.
Put the flour in a large bowl and sift in the cinnamon, salt, and baking powder by stirring with a wire whisk. Add the brown sugar and sift in, being careful to break up any clumps with the whisk. Stir in the nuts if you're using them.
Chop the apple. As each section is chopped, stir it in to the flour mixture, coating each piece of apple to keep it from browning.
Stir the milk mixture into the dry mixture, lifting from the bottom with a large spoon so there are no dry spots. Stir in the butter. Pour and scrape the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Turn the loaf out of the pan after baking and cool it on a rack.
Orignially posted: 2014-02-09