Brown Sugar Apple Bread

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

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 35 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk

Directions

  • Melt ¼ cup (½ stick) butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add apples and ½ 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" × 5" 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.