While pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and other squashes scream autumn, apples and walnuts always scream it for me too. This walnut apple bread looks amazing. I haven’t been involved in group functions for quite a few years, but I do remember there always being some form of autumn, fall, or Halloween get together. The dessert tables were always filled with desserts and nibbles like walnut apple bread, but not quite this one.
The bread is a treat in and of itself. Plus it’s unique! It’s not something that many people will think of to bring, and it’s beautiful.
Normally I’m not one to follow a recipe to the T. Well, I am with baking, but if there are fruits I don’t like, I will switch them out. Please follow this recipe’s suggestion for Granny Smith apples. It will make your bread so much tastier than using a red apple. Even better, if you can find a Pippin. Go for it! Mmmm.
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1 stick salted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of clove
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a loaf pan (I used the flour-based baking spray, but you can grease and flour, if you prefer).
- Cream together white sugar and butter, until fluffy and combined. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating just after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until all combined.
- Combine flours, baking powder, and salt. Add a little of this to the mix, alternating with milk, a little at a time each, until all is combined. Fold in walnuts.
- Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Spread an even layer of batter into prepared pan (about an inch deep). Sprinkle with half of the apples and half of the brown sugar and spice mixture. Spread rest of batter on top evenly. Cover with the rest of the apples and brown sugar mixture. Bake for 1 hour, or slightly less (depending on doneness).
- Allow to cool slightly then turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk with a whisk until totally combined. For a thicker glaze, use less milk. I like to put my glaze into a zip top baggie and snip the end of it off to pipe the glaze onto the bread. You could also drizzle the glaze onto the bread with a spoon.
Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: I Should Be Mopping The Floor.