Brown Sugar Apple Bread

Try this recipe with sweet and firm pears instead of apples for a slightly different take on a classic combination.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2⁄3 cup buttermilk


  • Melt 1⁄4 cup (1⁄2 stick) butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add apples and 1⁄2 cup brown sugar. Cook, stirring, until apples are caramelized and tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with pan spray, and line the bottom and short sides with a strip of parchment.
  • Sift together cake flour, remaining brown sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Cut in remaining stick of butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Whisk together eggs and buttermilk; add to flour mixture along with cooled apples. Mix until the batter just comes together.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth the top. Bake 30 minutes, until risen. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake 30 minutes longer, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Tent with foil if loaf browns too quickly.
  • Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Continue cooling on a rack.