Apple Bread

This bread is from a cookbook I bought while visiting family in Pennsylvania. I was at an auction siting next to a Mennonite lady during the auction.  We began talking about various things when we suddenly realized we both had a love for baking.  I asked her what was her most favorite “go to” cookbook and she told me about her favorite cookbook called “The Basics and More Cookbook.”  She told me I might find this cookbook at a local Mennonite store.  As soon as the auction was over I had to find this store!  When I got to the store, I began looking in the cookbook section and there it was… on a bottom shelf…my new “go to” cookbook! lol  I have made quite a few recipes from this cookbook, but most of the time I go to the BAKING SECTION!

I love the smell of bread while it’s baking, and it doesn’t matter what kind of bread, regular bread or sweet breads!  I love the smell of yeast breads, but there are so many breads that do not require yeast that are just as awesome…but, yeast breads will always be my favorite.  Even though this bread does not require yeast, it’s still a very good bread; although I thought this recipe was a little on the dry side, but, the next time I make it I would probably add some sour cream to it, or an extra egg.  I don’t want to discourage you from making this bread, it may not even be on the dry side to someone else.  So. why post this recipe instead of it’s a little on the dry side?  I still think it’s a good bread! lol  It’s great warmed up with butter on top!  You can taste the cinnamon along with the apples and then the crunch of the nuts….oh, still yummy indeed!  This bread recipe did not call for icing drizzled on top, so this is your option of you prefer the additional sweetness the drizzle icing adds to the bread.

Happy Bread Baking!

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Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 and 1/2 cups grated apples

2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions:

Cream sugar and shortening.  Beat in eggs.  Add apples.  Mix dry ingredients and add.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350F approximately 1 hour.  Do not slice until cool.

*Optional : This bread did not have an icing, but I like a little icing drizzled on top.  Just mix some powdered sugar with a little water until you have the desired thickness you want.  I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the icing, but his is also optional.

Recipe from a cookbook called “The Basics and More Cookbook.” 2005

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