Apple Cinnamon Bread

I have gotten into the habit, on the weekends, to make some type of quick bread for us to eat for breakfast. It's been than us running down the street to go to McDonald's.  And it's easier than getting up and making pancakes.  I am NOT that mom.  I'd rather have pancakes for Brinner.  And we have cereal during the week and frankly we just like a little change.

So the mission this week was to come up with a bread that could use some apples that I had sitting in the fridge for a little while.  The bread turned out as a nice coffee cake type bread with a streusel topping.  Chunks of apples mix it up, but not too much.  It was amazing.  The family ate it up within 2 days.  The one thing that I did different was that I gave the bread 2 layers of streusel - one on top and one in the middle - and added some chopped pecans in the middle layer.

Apple Cinnamon Bread


1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 gala apple, peeled and chopped into small pieces


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9" bread pan.

2. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Separate into two parts and add nuts to one part.  Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together granulated sugar and butter.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined.

4. Add 1 cup flour and baking powder and gently mix with a wooden spoon.  Add buttermilk and apples and gently fold until combined.  Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour.  DO NOT OVERMIX!

4. Pour half the batter into bread pan.  Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon, and nut mixture over top.  Add remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Makes 1, 9" loaf
Serves 8