September 16, 2015

Praline Apple Bread

WOW!  This bread is delicious.  We had to run up to Lowe's on Sunday to buy a new washing machine.  For me, this was a bit of an emergency, as my machine went out with loads of laundry left to do.   It used to be you could have an appliance for 15 to 20 years.  This one only last around six years.  What up with that?

On our way back home from Lowe's, we stopped to buy apples at this local farm stand.  I was actually looking for gourmet caramel apples.  I made caramel apples last year, but the caramel kept sliding off.  I really like caramel apples; so, I think I'll try again.  It's a bit work intensive.

I really wanted to try their apple bread or apple dumpling.  I've had their apple pie.  It's delicious!  But . . . I wanted to make apple bread myself, and I didn't want to eat it twice.
As I have said here many times in the past, this particular area in southern Illinois grows the best fruits and vegetables in the Midwest.  
Driving through most of Illinois, it is flat, and you will see many fields of corn and soybeans.

But here in southern Illinois, the prairie turns into rolling hills, and it is truly quite beautiful and lends itself to growing grapes, apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, squash, among several other fruits and veggies.  A true abundance that not only supplies all area local Farmer's Markets but the Midwest.

Cudjoe loves apples and so do my two doggies.

You know the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  I doubt seriously this apple bread can boast that sentiment!

It is yummy; truly more like cake than bread.  What makes it so moist and unique is the sour cream that is used - no oil, no butter.

And the praline topping, well, enough said!

Why not try this delicious bread this weekend?  I'm pretty sure you will love it!!

Praline Apple Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
8-ounces sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaping cup of peeled and chopped Golden Delicious Apple (I used one large apple)

Praline Topping

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup pecan pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.  In a mixer bowl using an electric mixer, beat sour cream, sugar, and eggs until well blended.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until just blended.  Stir in apples.  Spoon batter into a greased and lightly floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.  Let bread cool in pan and remove from pan.

Boil butter and brown sugar together in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Stir in pecan pieces.  Remove from heat and spoon over bread.  Cool completely before eating.

Serve to family and friends!!


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