Since fall is apple season and every day is bread season, I made Apple Bread.
It was so hot out this week I wanted to cry, so I filled my apartment with the yummy scents of fall by whipping up a batch of Apple Bread. My favorite thing about this recipe are the two, count them two!, layers of apple-loaded streusel. My second favorite thing is that this is one of those desserts that is socially acceptable to eat for breakfast, because this apple streusel goodness cannot be tamed.
Back to the streusel. It has pieces of apples throughout so, you get a slight tang from the granny smiths surrounded by a warm cinnamon bread. The streusel on top has a subtle crunch compared to the crazy moist bread below. To sum it up, this Apple Bread did not last long on my counter. Especially since I would have a breakfast slice and dessert slice. See how that works??
For the pastry nerds who are wondering, streusel and strudel are two different things. Streusel is crumbled together flour, butter, and sugar and is often used as a topping on cakes, muffins, and breads (as it is in this recipe). Strudel is a flaky pastry usually filled with fruit. If you’ve been to a German restaurant or Medieval Times, you’ve probably gotten your strudel on.
Now on to other things. This is the best time of year to be a pastry nerd. I can’t wait to start sharing more fall and winter recipes with you! Be ready for lots of brown sugar and cinnamon and eventually peppermint and egg nog! Yes, I am one of those people who gets excited about Christmas in October. I look good in red and am fond of joy. Shoot me.
- ¼ cup + 2 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
- 3 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cubed
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. cloves
- ½ cup flour
- 1 medium granny smith apple, cubed
- 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, room temperature
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients into a medium sized bowl minus the apple. Use your fingers to crumble the butter into pieces along with the dry ingredients until the streusel takes on a coarse but homogenous texture.
- Stir in the cubed apple and place in the refrigerator for later.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a loaf pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and both sugars.
- Add egg until combined. Mix in apple sauce. Have no fear if the batter starts to separate.
- Stir in the dry ingredients in two additions until combined.
- Pour half the batter in the prepared loaf pan. Top with half the streusel. Evenly cover the streusel with the remaining bread batter, and finally top that with the rest of the streusel.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread loaf comes out clean.
- Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!