10/26/21

Apple Pie Bread

Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. 

When I first published my new banana bread recipe with the SURPRISE! SECRET! INGREDIENT! of mayo, I waxed poetic (to the point of being annoying) about how shocked I was that the mayo made the bread so insanely super moist and tender.

Then I used the base recipe to make pumpkin bread, which was equally amazing and moist but I didn’t rant and rave about the mayo so much because even I was getting tired of hearing myself talk about the miracle of the SURPRISE! SECRET! INGREDIENT!

Apple Pie Bread! Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

I’m still 100% as excited about discovering what a difference the mayo makes but I figure y’all are over hearing about it so I won’t go on and on about it now.

OK, maybe just one time! I don’t know enough about cooking chemistry to tell you why but the mayo does something to the batter to make it insanely moist and tender. I think maybe it’s to do with the oil being emulsified but I dunno. All I know is IT WORKS and has me making all sorts of new sweet quick breads!

Apple Pie Bread! Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Since it’s apple season and the weather is finally turning cooler, I wanted to try to make apple bread! But not typical apple bread with the big chunks of raw apple in it, something more akin to banana bread where the fruit is almost pureed and mixed throughout the batter.

I’ve never really loved more traditional apple bread with the big chunks of raw apple throughout. I’m always kinda expecting the apple chunks to hold big sweet pops of flavor but they don't - they're really no sweeter than the bread. So you have a mouthful of this mashy texture with no big payoff like you get with chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, cranberries, etc.

So… So, I decided to grate the apples into finer pieces then cook them a bit with a little honey to soften them up so they would mix into the batter more like bananas do in banana bread. Which reminded me very much of apple pie!

Apple Pie Bread! Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

With apple pie in mind, I decided to add a little nutmeg and ground ginger (instead of just cinnamon), which are the spices I like to use in apple pie! Use whichever spices you like best. If you just want to use cinnamon, that’s A-OK! Feel free to add a little clove, allspice or cardamom too!

The pecans and glaze are completely optional. I decided to dress this one up a bit and use a decorative pan which just begged for something pretty on top! You can also mix the nuts into the batter (add when stirring in the flour mixture).

Apple Pie Bread! Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE PIE BREAD

  1. Grate about 3 apples then cook on the stove with some honey until softened.
  2. Combine sugar with wet ingredients, spices and apples.
  3. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda.
  4. Bake and cool.
  5. Top with pecans and simple glaze (optional)
  6. Boom, done!

Apple Pie Bread! Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Be sure to check out my recipes for SUPER MOIST Banana Bread and Pumpkin Bread as well!

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Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Apple Pie Bread

Apple Pie Bread

Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Prep time: 40 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 40 M

Ingredients

Apple Pie Bread
  • 3 large apples, peeled
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temp
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt*
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Glaze
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of ground ginger

Instructions

Apple Pie Bread:
  1. Using a box grater, shred 3 large, peeled apples or enough to yield 1 1/2 cups packed firm.
  2. Add apples (with any rendered juice) and honey to a small saucepan then cook, covered, over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the apples are mostly tender (a few crisp bits here and there are fine), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat to cool to room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan; set aside.
  4. Whisk butter and sugar together for 30 seconds.
  5. Whisk in mayo, vanilla, eggs and spices until well combined.
  6. Stir apples into batter.
  7. OPTIONAL STEP: Sift flour, salt and baking soda together. Sometimes I get little white nuggets of flour and/or baking soda in the bread if I don’t sift it but it’s completely optional.
  8. Stir in flour, salt and baking soda until just combined.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan then bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. TIP: Toast the pecans in a small pan when you take the bread out (while the oven’s still hot!). Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until fragrant and just starting to brown.
  11. Cool bread completely in the pan then turn out onto a serving plate (if using a fluted/decorative pan, invert upside down).
  12. Sprinkle pecans over bread then drizzle with glaze.
Glaze:
  1. Combine all ingredients then stir until smooth. Add more powdered sugar or cream as needed to adjust thickness.

Notes:

  • I actually use about 3/4 teaspoon salt (a very scant teaspoon) and think it's PERFECT but wasn't sure if it would suit everyone's fancy so I reduced it to 1/2 teaspoon in the recipe.
  • Any quality, traditional mayo will work (Duke’s, Hellmann’s, Kraft, Blue Plate, etc). Don’t use Miracle Whip or anything sweet and tangy like it.
  • You can add chopped pecans to the batter if you’d like! Add 1/2 cup or so when you mix in the flour. 
  • Letting the apple bread cool in the pan helps it stay moist so try to be patient and let it cool before slicing into it.
  • Don’t use a whisk to stir in the flour and only stir it long enough to combine it into the wet ingredients. Stirring develops the gluten in the flour which will create air pockets in quick breads like this and make it tough.
  • Pour the batter into the pan as soon as it’s ready then bake it immediately. The longer the batter sits wet, the more gluten develops which will also make the bread tough.
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Apple Pie Bread! Fresh apples grated then simmered with honey until soft, made into a sweet quick bread spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.


3 comments:

  1. I hope you've bought some stock in mayo so you are ready when it takes off! This looks fabulous.

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  2. Dorothy Levesque11/22/21, 12:05 PM

    this is one of the best breads I have ever made and I make a lot of quick breads! The flavor is insane and the level of moistnous (I think I made that word up) is unbelievable! I highly recommend this recipe to all of your followers, they will be glad they made it!

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  3. My coworkers LOVED this!!!! It was so moist. I never would have thought to use mayonnaise!

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy