Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Loaf


Apple Snack Cake

What a strange winter this has been. Last week we neared 60° and yesterday we had our first official snowfall of the season in North Carolina. We only got a dusting, but for this area that’s a big deal. Schools closed; the grocery stores were packed. Of course, down here they don’t have the heavy equipment required to properly clear the roads. A local told us; “You can always tell a northerner, they run out and buy a shovel, while the southerner just waits for the sun to melt it.” So, while we are waiting for the snow to melt, I decided to make a comforting snack to accompany a nice hot cup of coffee. This quick and easy Apple Cinnamon Loaf tastes just like a coffee cake. Packed with apples and cinnamon, it has great flavor, yet it’s light and moist in texture. This is one of those perfect “anytime” snack cakes. I made this loaf yesterday and most of it is gone already. It’s a definite winner! I know I’ll be making it again and again.



Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a loaf pan (or spray with Baker’s Joy).

In small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.



In large bowl, cream together white sugar and butter using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add vanilla extract, and mix to blend.



In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. 




Slowly add to creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth.


Pour half the batter in prepared loaf pan. Next, add half of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Using a toothpick, lightly swirl brown sugar mixture through batter.


Top with a little more than half of the chopped apples. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. 


Pour remaining batter over apple layer. Top with remaining apple and brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter. Using a toothpick, lightly swirl brown sugar mixture through apples. Don't swirl too much, or you will shift the apples.



Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until top springs back when touched. A toothpick test doesn’t work as well because of all the moisture of the apples. 


Cool completely, on a wire rack. If you try to remove the loaf from the pan too early, it will fall apart. It is very moist and will require longer to cool.


I cut the first piece a little too soon; and it fell apart. But, you can see how incredibly moist this cake really is. Resist the temptation to cut it too soon (if you can).

Apple Snack Cake



APPLE CINNAMON LOAF
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 apples, peeled and chopped (sweet apples, not tart)

DIRECTIONS:

1.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a loaf pan (or spray with Baker’s Joy).
2. In small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.
3. In large bowl, cream together white sugar and butter using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
    Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add vanilla extract, and mix to blend.
4. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to creamed butter mixture. Mix
    milk into batter until smooth.
5. Pour half the batter in prepared loaf pan. Next, add half of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
    Using a toothpick, lightly swirl brown sugar mixture through batter. Top with a little more than half of
    the chopped apples. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter.
6. Pour remaining batter over apple layer. Top with remaining apple and brown sugar cinnamon
    mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter. Using a toothpick, lightly swirl brown sugar mixture through
    apples.
7. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown and top springs back when touched. A toothpick test
    doesn’t work as well because of all the moisture of the apples.

16 comments:

  1. This looks delicious, & I plan on making it for the weekend guests. Living in Wisconsin, it's been an especially cold, snowy, long January. A good day to heat the oven & make some goodies. Just a hint I have, when I bake I find it easier & less dish washing to mix the dry ingredients on wax paper. I can get everything measured, pour the ingredients into the wet mixture & just throw the paper away.

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    1. Wow...what a great idea! Sounds like clean-up would be much easier that way! Hope you and your guests enjoy this! :)

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  2. This looks incredible! If the roads weren't so icy, I'd go out and buy some apples. But I'll have to wait for the sun to do its thing!

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    1. Hopefully, the sun will do its thing soon. It's been either really cold, or unusually warm. Now we're in a cold spell again. Let me know how you like it, when you can venture out!

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  3. This loaf looks so moist and perfect, wishing I had a big piece of it right now!

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    1. It's incredibly moist. You do have to resist cutting it before it is completely cool, or it will fall apart. Wish I could offer you a piece, but our loaf is already gone (but, I'll make it again real soon)!

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  4. Oh wow, this looks amazing!! Pinning to try it soon. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. I had a tough time categorizing this, as it looks like a quick bread, but has the moist texture of a cake. Thanks for the pin! :)

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  5. This looks great! Cinnamon apple is one of my favorite combinations. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. This is a really moist snack cake. Happy to share. :)

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  6. Looks delicious! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy
    APeekIntoMyParadise.com
    #TastyTuesdays

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    1. Thanks so much for pinning to your Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. Appreciate it. You have a great weekend, also.

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  7. YUMMY! Thank you so much for linking up to Saturday Dishes Snacks.
    I pinned it.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

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    1. This is so soft, it melts in your mouth. Thanks for having me at Saturday Dishes. Thanks again for the pin....greatly appreciated! :)

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  8. This looks so moist a delicious- I bet it's amazing! Pinning.
    Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes!

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    1. It is very moist and delicious! Thanks so much for the pin. Happy to share at Saturday Dishes.

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