Aunt Gloria's Apple Bread
I used to love my grandmother's banana bread, but whenever I saw those loaf pans out when I got home from school..my heart of hearts was hoping for apple bread. Aunt Gloria was (I think) my grandmother's sister-in-law. My grandmother said she got the recipe from her, and boy am I glad she did. I make this every year for my husband's birthday, and now I make it for my daughter's special occasions too.
Apple Bread was the first sweet food my daughter fell in love with. Whenever she plays house she is always "making apple bread" in her kitchen, and she used to mold pieces of brown playdough into the shape of pieces of apple bread.
I was so excited to use some of my freshly picked crimson crisp apples in my apple bread. These apples were absolutely delicious and seemed great for baking.
However, I have to be honest with you, I was not entirely happy with the result. It still tasted good--the apples held up well and kept a pleasing texture-- but I think Granny Smith Apples are the best for this recipe. The tartness of the green apples compliment the sweetness of the cinnamon sugary yummy-ness better than sweeter apples. Any apples that are good for cooking will work fine for this recipe though, so just get baking and enjoy the beautiful taste of this late summer/early fall treat.
1 cup vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2-4 apples--should be 2 cups chopped (Granny Smith's are the best)
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Chop enough apples to add up to about 2 cups chopped. This is very different whether you are using tiny apples or those crazy big store-bought ones. The pick-your own ones took about 3-1/2, but sometimes it only takes me 1-1/2 store bought Granny Smiths.
Beat oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together with a whisk--beat between each addition of a new ingredient. (This is another one of those please don't use a mixer recipes. I don't know why, but it just turns out better by hand).
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda.
Add a little bit at a time and whisk into above ingredients.
Stir in chopped apples then nuts if desired.
Grease and flour two loaf pans and divide batter between them.
Bake about 45 minutes until loaves test done.
Let cool for at least 45 minutes before removing from pan. Slide knife around the edge and let cool more on a cooling rack. Be careful turning them out of the pan. I have my hand on the bread while i tap it out because it will be flaky and a bit fragile.
Try not to eat a whole loaf in a day...I dare you.