Monday, November 7, 2011

Pella Apple Bread

I previously shared a recipe for apple bread, but with all my apples, I also made a loaf of Pella (as in Pella, Iowa) Apple Bread. I had gotten this recipe from my aunt. It's definitely different from my other recipe. This one has a mild apple taste and a great crumb topping, but still is not overly sweet.

Pella Apple Bread

1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. margarine or butter, softened
1/3 C. buttermilk or sour milk*
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 C. apples, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 C. chopped nuts

2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 C. flour
3 T. margarine or butter

*If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own sour milk. To make the 1/3 C. called for in this recipe, put 1 tsp. lemon juice or vinegar in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1/3 C. Stir and allow it to sit for at least 5 min.

In a large bowl beat sugar and margarine/butter until fluffy. Combine buttermilk/sour milk and soda. Stir into sugar mixture. Add eggs, vanilla, flour, and salt; beat well. Stir in apples and nuts. Spread into a greased and floured 9x5x3 in. loaf pan. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes.

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