Monday, October 24, 2011

Apple Bread with Cinnamon, Brown Sugar and Walnut Topping

I love quick breads especially in the Fall.  There's 
something very comforting about eating a piece of 
cinnamon-y Apple bread with a hot cup of coffee 
when the weather outside is turning colder.  This 
week at IHCC the theme is "Harvest Moon Foods 
Celebrating Fall's Bounty/Halloween themed foods" 
out of any Tessa Kiros cookbook.

I picked this apple bread with cinnamon, brown sugar 
and walnut topping.  This bread was a little different
than others I've made in the past.  It had the addition
of ground cardamom that gave it a wonderfully
warm addictive flavor.

                            Apple Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Topping
                                            (adapted from Apples for Jam)

                                                   (printable copy)


¾ cups sugar (scant)
1 stick plus 3 tbsp. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. ground cardamom
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
a pinch of salt
2 apples, peeled, cored and coarsely grated
2/3 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract


2/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour a loaf pan.  Mix together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, stirring well to combine.

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, and cinnamon together and
add the pinch of salt.   Mix to combine. 

Add in the apples, walnuts and vanilla, stirring well.  Pour mixture into the loaf pan.

Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle on top of loaf pan mixture. 

Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester  poked in the middle comes out clean.

I say addictive because Bay and I had a slice warm from
the oven for breakfast on Saturday morning......but I found
myself going back and nibbling on it some more.  I had
to put foil on it and push it to the back of the counter to
get myself to stop! 

I've loved Tessa's cookbooks for a while now but I'm very
thankful to IHCC for helping me make the time to try some
of these wonderful recipes.  Go over to where you keep
your cookbooks and grab your favorite.  Now pick a new
recipe to try this week.  Who might just find
a new favorite!  I sure did!


  1. Oh my, this looks wonderful! Perfect for the season.

  2. I am crazy about anything apple so this one is going on my "must make" list. I love your Halloween pictures--such cute costumes on the kiddies. ;-)

  3. Yum! I really need to make this. With a cup of coffee...sounds perfect right now.

  4. This is probably my favorite Tessa recipe so far. It is absolutely addictive!

  5. I love reading all the good things about this recipe. Between you and Heather I know this is one that has to be made. It looks heavenly!

    Happy Halloween!

  6. Gosh this bread sound tasty! Cardamon has become a new favorite spice of mine,so this is definitely a recipe to bookmark. Thanks lady!

  7. Oh, yum, just the sound of it, and then your great photo of it just makes my mouth water. I just got new cardamom pods so I am looking for a place to use them...this will be one of them!

  8. Yum! That looks like something I'd be sneaking back for nibbles of too... I love your photos, so cute! I will have to try this recipe this winter :)


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