Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pumpkin Apple Bread


Sometimes when I'm doing my fall baking, I like to pretend I'm Amish.  I'm not sure why because I really like all of the amenities of life in the 21st century.  I think it must have something to do with how cozy Amish life sometimes appears:  with the candlelight and buggies and the big families getting together to eat all of that delicious food.  And fall is just a cozy season, don't you think?  This pumpkin apple bread was the first fall baking that I've done and I loved that it made our house smell like fall!  I've never made anything with apples and pumpkin together, but I think the blended flavors epitomize everything I love about fall baking.  Enjoy!


Pumpkin Apple Bread
for the topping
1 Tbsp flour
5 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened

for the bread
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 (15 oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 2 cups)

Make the topping:  Blend together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and butter in a small bowl with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Make the bread:  Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon into a medium bowl*.  Whisk together pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl.  Add the dry ingredients, stirring until well combined.  Fold in apples.

Divide batter between two buttered 9x5" loaf pans.  Sprinkle half of the topping evenly over each loaf.  Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

Cool loaves in pans on a rack for 45 minutes, then turn out onto rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.  This bread keeps, wrapped in plastic wrap and foil and refrigerated, for up to 1 week.  It can also be frozen for up to 1 month.

*Note:  I eliminated the remaining spices in the bread due to personal preference.  If you like a spicier pumpkin bread, add 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, and 1/4 tsp ground allspice to the dry ingredients.

source:  recipe from The Gourmet Cookbook

23 comments:

  1. Ok, I am making this this weekend. I have to bring snacks for Bible study on Sunday, and I wanted to make something fallish, and I have lots of apples at my house, so this is perfect!

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  2. I've never had pumpkin bread with apple in it - I bet this tastes awesome! What a great combination of fall flavors. YUM!

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  3. yum! This with some tea! Count me in!

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  4. i'm kinda over the fact that we don't live near each other. i'd really appreciate coming over to your house and eating all of your delicious baked goods. let's make this happen.

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  5. I heart all of your recipes! This sounds gooooood..esp with the added apple! XO

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  6. Wow what a perfect combo. I would have never thought to marry them even though pumpkin and apples are staple fall foods. Very cool. I'm also happy I"m not the only one who in a small way wants to be amish sometimes lol.

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  7. I think I told you this before but I've never made bread...I'm pinning this! :)

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  8. Yum! I think that I could go for a slice of this right now, even though I just ate an obscene amount of girl scout cookies and nachos.

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  9. Wow! This looks delicious! I'm defintely gonna make it!

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  10. Oh my word. that looks heavenly! I make pumpkin cookies and totally just eat plain canned pumpkin, I mix some vanilla and stevia into it and nuke it and it's just so good! Not to mention pumpkin pie!

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  11. Double, no, triple YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

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  12. I love your recipes! Anything pumpkin is a winner in my book. Pumpkin is amazing in baked goods!

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  13. I agree with Megan. I love pumpkin in desserts. But what's great about this is that I'd even eat it for breakfast.

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  14. This looks good! We have new neighbors and I was planning to bake something to take to them, so think I'll try this! Thanks!

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  15. nothing better for a coffee break!!!<3

    xx
    http://www.trend-ish.com

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  16. This sounds great! We had a grocery store that we use to go to when we lived in Knoxville called The Fresh Market that had the most amazing Pumpkin bread and I've been looking for a recipe ever since we moved. I'll have to try this one and see how it pairs up!

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  17. oh my gosh I can't WAIT to make this!

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  18. I've made this same recipe! Love it. The topping is the best part

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  19. This just came out of my oven ... can't wait to try it!

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