There is no more comforting flavor combination than apples and cinnamon. I love baking with both, allowing the enticing aroma to weave its way throughout my house with its delicious scent. The aroma of apples and cinnamon baking is a childhood memory I always cherish as it reminds me of the times I baked as a little girl with both my Mother and my Grandmother in their kitchens. I recently posted that we returned to Umbria this year to find very cool, wet weather and one way I know I can warm up is to head into my kitchen to bake.
I bought a huge bag of Pink Lady and Fuji apples at the market in Perugia on Saturday and used half to make my delicious Roasted Applesauce. I baked the apples brushed with cinnamon, and the aroma in my kitchen was truly intoxicating. It is somewhat odd, but applesauce is almost impossible to find here in Italy, and I like to have it on hand for my morning oatmeal, or for baking so I often make a big batch at home to enjoy. I used some of the rest of my apples to bake a couple of sugary, cinnamon apple loaves. I made two, one to freeze for later and one to enjoy this week. I added a layer of the cinnamon and sugar mixture inside the loaves, and then topped the loaves with some as well which really gave these loaves a delicious cinnamon flavor.
I used a mixture of Fuji and Pink Lady apples, but any good baking apple will work well. This recipe makes two (9 x 5) inch loaves, so you can freeze one for later if you desire. I used half all-purpose flour, and half whole wheat pastry flour to make the recipe a little healthier, but feel free to use 3 cups of all-purpose flour if you prefer.
Deborah Mele 2014
Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Loaf
- 1 Cup Light Flavored Oil (Canola, or Light Olive)
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
- 4 Large Eggs At Room Temperature
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1 1/2 Cups All-purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 4 Cups, Peeled & Diced Apples
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly grease two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, beat together the oil and sugar until blended with an electric mixer, then add the eggs, one at a tine, beating well between each.
- Add the vanilla and beat until mixed.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and two flours.
- Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients on low just to mix.
- Stir in the chopped apples.
- In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts.
- Spread half the batter between the two pans spreading it evenly.
- Sprinkle half the sugar and cinnamon mixture, divided evenly on top of the batter.
- Spread the rest of the batter on top of each pan, then use the remaining sugar mixture to sprinkle it over the top.
- Bake the loaves for about an hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Slice & enjoy!