This apple-praline bread recipe is a great way to use up extra apples you’ve harvested or that are starting to go bad. Its moist, slightly heavy texture makes it perfect for a dessert or breakfast treat.
This recipe starts with sour cream and has no butter, or oil, in the batter. Where normal ‘bread’ is done in a loaf, we’ve put this in a, 8x8 inch baking dish. We also poke holes in it to let the glaze soak in.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small oven-safe pan, toast half of the pecans for about 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, using a spoon, mix the sour cream, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Stir in the flour.
- Next add the baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Finally, add the chopped apples and toasted pecans. Blend well.
- Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan or your favorite bread pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Press remaining pecans into the top of the batter.
- At 350° F, bake for 1 hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow bread to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Using a straw, poke a few holes in the top of the bread. This will allow the glaze to soak in.
- While bread is cooling, it’s time to make the glaze.
- In a small pan over medium heat, add the 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter.
- Bring it to a boil and continue boiling for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and pour over the top of the bread, ensuring all areas are covered.
- Allow bread to cool completely, approximately 45 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
Although this is a delicious recipe as is, there are several ways to spruce it up. If you enjoy foods with a more flavorful punch, try adding a teaspoon of apple pie spice to the batter or sprinkle the glaze with cinnamon.
For a heartier glaze, add up to 2 cups of caramel squares to the brown sugar and butter as it heats. Alternately, buy pre-softened caramel typically used for fruit dips, heat in the microwave for a few seconds and drizzle over the bread after you’ve added the glaze.
To turn this into caramel apple praline bread, just increase the chopped apple to 2 cups and mix a small package of caramel chips (located next to the chocolate chips in the grocery store) into the batter before cooking.
This bread makes a great holiday gift and it freezes well for up to 3 months. Simply wrap it in plastic wrap or freezer paper, then in aluminum foil. Remove from freezer and allow it to thaw at room temperature.