Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Praline-Apple Bread



I first saw this bread over at Cookies with Boys. I saw how delicious it looked and knew that with all the apples I had on hand from our mountain trip last month I would be making this. It really is a delicious bread. I brought this to work with me and several of my coworkers wanted the recipe right away.

It's back to school around these parts tomorrow. Thank goodness! My son will have been home from school since last Wednesday! Between our mountain hike and 2 days off this week due to teacher conferences and election day, he has certainly had an extended vacation! We've also both gotten our H1N1 vaccines. I work in a local hospital so I certainly felt I needed one. Normally, I don't even get a flu shot but this virus has me very nervous. My son is also asthmatic so we definitely wanted to make sure he had his. Poor guy, he was a nervous wreck this morning on the way to his doctors to get the shot. He was glad when it was over...and so was I!

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, divided
1 (8 oz container) sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled Granny Smith apples (about 3/4 pound)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake 1/2 cup pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes.

Beat sour cream and next 3 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until blended.

Stir together flour and next 3 ingredients. Add to sour cream mixture, beating just until blended. Stir in apples and 1/2 cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup chopped pecans; lightly press pecans into batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, shielding with aluminum foil after 50 minutes to prevent excesive browning. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.

Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil in a 1 qt heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and spoon over top of bread; let cool completely (about 1 hour).

27 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

That topping looks like it takes the bread from yummy to amazing!

George Gaston said...

Debbie... This Apple Bread looks unbelievable with that praline glaze! Being a dye-in-the-wool Southerner, anything with ‘pralined pecans’ has to be good. Great recipe... Thanks

Jenn said...

I love pralines. I used to get a little box of them and eat them right up. Great idea on adding them to the bread. Yum!!!

Ingrid said...

I'm all over this one but I'll be honest after drooling my second thought was banana! You know me and bananas!
~ingrid

Bunny said...

It looks perfect Debbie!! I love apples, the praline topping on this would take it over the top!!!

Denise said...

Debbie, this looks fab! The topping has to be awesome!!!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

The bread looks like the perfect fall treat or after your shot treat. I have to admit that I am still very much on the fence about the vaccine?

noble pig said...

Wow, this is very magnificent!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Fantastic!! I love recipes where I have everything ready to go. That glaze looks delicious for sure.

Manggy said...

Aw, the shot was nothing to worry about right? I'm glad he's finally going to be able to see his friends. Loving the gooey glaze on that beautiful cake! :)

Katy ~ said...

with the addition of the sour cream I am thinking this is a beautiful, tender cake. And of course, that topping. Well that just sends it over the moon! DEE-lish!!

Maya said...

So sinful Debbie!!

Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous bread, and I love the praline glaze on top. Delicious! bET IT WAS PERFECTLY MOIST.

Sophie said...

What a tasty, fabulous & decadent apple praliné bread this is!!
A feast for the eyes!!!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,.....

Cassie said...

Look at all that ooey gooey topping! It looks heavenly!

Pam said...

That looks truly drool worthy - nicely done!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Oh Debbie, please stop it!!! Your killing me! This is so over the top, the praline topping has me drooling!

Mary said...

That is one really luscious apple bread. The glaze takes it over the top.

Cheryl said...

Now that is some gorgeous bread! I am so glad you got your shots, wish I could get one but they are hard to find in these parts!

teresa said...

oh wow! i don't know if it gets much better then this! i could probably eat the whole loaf!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love this.

Ok, dumb question--what are pralines?

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Your topping looks amazing! I love how moist and simply delicious this looks. Now I know what to make with all my apples!

Lucy said...

WOW!!! this looks awesome!!
Thank you for your visit ;-)

Monica H said...

oh my goodness this looks delicious! i have a ton of apples in the fridge right now begging to be baked into something!

Elizabeth said...

Pralines are so Southern and I love how you incorporated them into this cake!

Pamela said...

Your bread looks awesome! Wasn't this just delicious? I loved that there was so little fat in the bread itself. So yummy.

Stephanie said...

I love your blog. I am trying to get to all of your recipes.