Apple Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros


10 T. unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
½ t. ground cinnamon
½ t. ground cardamom
Apples, peeled, cored and grated on a box grater
1 t. vanilla
2/3 c. walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped (optional)

Pinch Kosher salt


2/3 c. walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
1/3 c. freshly packed brown sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter and flour a 12×4 inch loaf pan, or two smaller loaf pans.
2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Then, add the eggs and beat them well. The mixture will still look slightly curdled, but that’s fine.
3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. With the mixer on low add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients bit by bit until they are totally incorporated. Then, stir in the apples, walnuts and vanilla until just combined. Prepare the topping by mixing the walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon in one bowl.
4. Pour prepared batter into loaf pan(s) and sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake for 45 minutes, or until cake tester inserted comes out clean.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This is a great bread for any kind of day. In the morning try it with a dollop of yogurt of schmear of cream cheese.

Naptime Stopwatch

Preparing the batter takes 15 minutes and then baking is about 40 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

This is a great family-friendly bread. My daughter loves it and refers to it as apple cake!

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